The Council of Intown Neighborhoods and Schools, founded in 1978, represents the four elementary schools (Hope/Hill, Lin, Morningside, Springdale Park), two K-8 charter schools (Centennial Academy and Kindezi Old Fourth Ward), a middle school (Inman) and high school (Grady) that serve the cluster of schools known as the Grady Cluster. Each year, CINS awards grants totaling thousands of dollars to teachers in our cluster schools.
CINS mission is to work with Atlanta Public Schools (APS) to foster the development of safe, quality education, in the Grady cluster of schools. To meet this goal, CINS conducts monthly meetings of parents, school administrators, and Board of Education members to explore resources, identify critical issues and seek solutions to problems.
CINS is now accepting "Excellence in Education" Teacher Grant Applications from all of the Grady Cluster Schools for the 2016-17 School year.
For more information, please see the Grants page.
Become an informed voter!
Thank you to our panelists at the Round Table Discussion on the Proposed GA Constitutional Amendment "Opportunity School Districts".
For more information on the proposed amendment please see the links below.
Remember to Vote on November 8th!
• Diane Jacobi, Public Education Advocate (substituted for Janet Kishbaugh, Director of Research and Information Services, Public Education Matters)
• Steven Quinn, State Outreach Manager for GergiaCAN, and Field Coordinator for Students First
• Atlanta Public Schools Board Member, District 3 Representative, Matt Westmoreland, discussion of APS Turnaround Strategy currently underway.
Did you miss the September 14th Annual Grady Cluster Principals' Forum? You can watch video below:
Grady High School - Dr. Betsy Bockman, https://vimeo.com/184749975
Inman Middle School - Emily Boatright, https://youtu.be/o3D0lOyFJDE
Centennial Academy - Tequila Lamar, https://youtu.be/jAaSdnOqe6g
Hope Hill Elementary - Maureen Wheeler, https://vimeo.com/184802276
Mary Lin Elementary - Sharyn Briscoe, https://youtu.be/YiQbJLhnJJI
Morningside Elementary - Audrey Sofianos, https://vimeo.com/184455453
Springdale Park Elementary - Terry Harness, https://youtu.be/jCYCkYqk-68
CINS has recently written a letter to the Superintendent and Atlanta Board of Education in support of the recent request by the Grady Local School Council (LSC) regarding additional portable instruction units being provided by Atlanta Public Schools (APS) for the upcoming 2016-17 school year.
Grady currently has 10 classrooms located in portable units. For the past two years Grady has had 6-7 teachers that do not have a designated classroom space. For the upcoming 2016-17 school year, based on enrollment projections, Grady will again have “floating” teachers. The Local School Council and Principal Guiney have requested additional portable units to provide classroom space for the “floating” teachers.
Dr. Carstarphen has responded to our letter and we have been told that Grady will NOT be getting any additional portables for the upcoming school year as requested by Principal Guiney and the LSC. The full response can be found HERE.
Please read the letter and response. Feel free to provide feedback to our ABOE representatives.
CINS received 13 terrific grant applications in the 2015-16 school year and, thanks to our dedicated supporters (listed below) and CINS members, we were able to fund them all!
Please see the Grants page for more information.
Donors Choose for the Grady Cluster
Did you know that Grady Cluster teachers currently have projects on the Donors Choose website?
To read about the exciting projects for which our teachers are seeking equipment, go to donorschoose.org and search on any of the Grady Cluster schools (Grady High School, Inman Middle School, Centennial Academy, Hope-Hill Elementary, Mary Lin Elementary, Springdale Park Elementary, and Morningside Elementary.) Pick your favorite project and donate today!
CINS’ meetings are always free and open to the public. CINS is a not-for-profit organization that has worked for over 36 years to empower public schools in our cluster located in the heart of Atlanta, Georgia. CINS’ mission is to work with Atlanta Public Schools to foster the development of safe, quality education in the Grady cluster of schools.
Follow the official blog of Dr. Meria Carstarphen, superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools, http://atlsuper.com/
CINS is currently soliciting donations to fund the 2016—2017 “Excellence in Education” grant cycle. Donate Now!
Please join the Council of Intown Neighborhoods and Schools as we express our appreciation to the SuperStar Supporters listed below whose donations funded the 2015 –2016 grants.
Platinum Stars - $1500 and up
Love Child Productions
Central Presbyterian Covenant Grant
Gold Stars - $500 -$1499
Dr. Silver Smiles Orthodontics Midtown Neighbors’ Association
Home Park Civic Association
Silver Stars - $250—$499
Clare Richie & the Richie Family
Abby Martin & the Davis Family
Preach Productions “Greenleaf”
Bronze Stars - $100—$249
Sterling Stars - $20—$99
Dr. Betsy Bockman
Edmund Park HOA
Grady High School PTSA
Lake Claire Neighbors
Poncey-Hi Neighborhood Assn
Springdale Park PTO