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Charter System Information

Overview

Marietta City Schools (MCS) became one of Georgia’s first Charter Systems in June 2008. The MCS charter system includes eleven schools: seven K-5 elementary schools, one sixth grade academy, one middle school, one high school, and one grades 3-5 elementary magnet school (Marietta Center for Advanced Academics).

MCS also has an alternative program for grades 9-12 at the Marietta Performance Learning Center at Woods-Wilkins. This program is not listed as a “school” to be converted under the charter system. The school district also includes one SB 618 residential treatment center: George W. Hartmann Center. This residential treatment center operates under a Memorandum of Understanding with MCS and the Georgia Department of Education.

School Choice

Through a strategic planning process begun in 2006, MCS has already implemented certain system-wide innovations. One of these is elementary school choice (“Choice Academies”). Curriculum at our elementary schools is based on the Georgia Performance Standards (GPS), and enhanced by school-selected focuses:

The Choice Academies concept extends to the middle schools; students can continue in the IB Middle Years Program (MYP), or in the STEM magnet program. In high school, MCS students can select from career pathways, IB diploma/certificate, dual enrollment, Advanced Placement (AP), or early college programs.

 

Innovations - Charter System

  • Small learning communities,
  • 8th to 9th grade transition academy,
  • Teacher leadership academy,
  • Addition of new career pathways at the high school level,
  • Exploration of horticulture, ecology, teacher preparation, and other emerging career pathways,
  • Internships and early college pathways,
  • Enhanced classroom experiences and authentic assessments,
  • Web-based learning and assessment,
  • Looping cohorts,
  • Digital student portfolios,
  • Teacher innovation grants and performance incentives,
  • Increased individualization through differentiation,
  • Use of career inventories in upper elementary and middle grades,
  • Financial incentives for teaching in areas of critical need,
  • Expansion of the role of School Governance Teams—converting advisory local school councils into “highly trained and high performing” governing bodies.

Contacts

Dr. Emily Lembeck

Superintendent
250 Howard Street
Marietta, GA 30060
Phone: (770) 422-3500, ext. 7253

Dr. Dayton Hibbs
Associate Superintendent
250 Howard Street
Marietta, GA 30060
Phone: (770) 422-3500, ext. 7268

Jody Drum
Assistant Superintendent for Special Services
250-B Howard Street
Marietta, GA 30060
Phone: (770) 422-3500, ext. 7238

Jill Sims
Executive Director, Curriculum and Instruction
250 Howard Street
Marietta, GA 30060
Phone: (770) 422-3500, ext. 7254