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Elite Scholars Academy is a Clayton County Public School. The school was established in 2009 as a Public Charter School,  with a strong academic focus. In July 2016, ESA transitioned from a Charter School to a Magnet School. Elite Scholars Academy is currently an Early College Magnet School. In October 2017, Elite Scholars Academy moved into its new facility on Fielder Road in Jonesboro. The new facility, built at a cost of $22.2 million, features 48 instructional units (classrooms, labs, etc.) and space for 700 students. The school also features a digital animation lab and a business service lab, as well as athletic facilities, such as a gymnasium, tennis court, soccer field, and track.

Our Early College Magnet Program offers  all honors and AP courses. The Magnet Program enables students to experience rigorous high school and college coursework that leads to improved outcomes. These accelerated course offerings will prepare middle school students for their required AP courses in high school, and their Move on When Ready (Dual Enrollment) coursework. In high school, students will take courses at the traditional school setting, and they will be enrolled in college courses simultaneously. Students at Elite Scholars Academy are strongly encouraged to begin Move On When Ready in their sophomore year. Students may be able to graduate early and/or possibly earn an Associate's Degree or certificate. 

In addition to rigorous Math and Science courses required, an integrated STEAM curriculum is available for all students, including an Animation and Digital Media Pathway.

The expectation is that students earn 27 Carnegie Units to satisfy graduation requirements. Eighth grade students have the potential to earn three high school credits (Foreign Language, Math, and Science) before entering high school. All students are expected to earn four credits of a foreign language.  Our current Foreign Language offerings include Spanish, French, Latin, and Mandarin Chinese. A World Languages Pathway is also available to students.

Academic and behavior guidelines must be adhered to for students to remain eligible and continue in the Magnet Program.

Elite Scholars Academy holds its students, parents, faculty, and staff to high standards. Our school currently operates on a year-round calendar. Students begin in July, end in June, and have more frequent breaks throughout the year.

We believe in a partnership of home and school working together to ensure student success. Parents are encouraged to complete twenty hours of volunteer service in the school each year.

Elite Scholars Academy provides several opportunities for student athletes to excel outside the classroom. Current sports offered at Elite Scholars Academy include basketball, swimming, tennis, track and field, volleyball, soccer, and cheer-leading. ESA also has a variety of clubs and organizations for students to participate in.

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