Charter System Information


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.


Dr. Emily Lembeck
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

Preston Howard
Operations Administrator
250 Howard Street
Marietta, GA 30060
Phone: (770) 422-3500, ext. 7286

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

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