Award Winning School System
Marietta City Schools (MCS) serve some 8,800 students at eight elementary choice schools—one of which is a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Magnet—one middle school, one sixth-grade school, and one high school. STEM Magnet Programs are also available in grades 6-8. The school district has approximately 1200 employees. In June 2008, Marietta City Schools became one of Georgia's first Charter School Systems
MCS is an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School district. On April 23, 2008, the school district became the first IB World School district in Georgia authorized to offer the IB Middle Years Program (MYP) for grades 6-10. With the addition of the IB Middle Years Program to the IB Primary Years Program (PYP) offered at Sawyer Road Elementary and the long-standing IB Diploma Program (DP) at Marietta High School, MCS is one of only a few school systems nationwide able to provide the full IB (K-12) continuum.
In 2014, The Washington Post recently ranked Marietta High School (MHS) among the nation’s top public high schools on its list of “America’s Most Challenging High Schools.” Only 2063 schools out of over 20,000 U.S. public High schools managed to earn placement on the Washington Post 2014 National High School Challenge Index. “It is critical that we challenge our students to achieve at higher levels and I was really pleased to see that Marietta High School, for the 4th consecutive year, was included among the nation’s most challenging high schools. This follows the fifth year of being named one of the best high schools in the nation in U.S. News & World Report’s annual list of the best high schools in the Nation,” said Dr. Emily Lembeck, Marietta City Schools Superintendent. “Further, MHS increased in ranking to 1075 out of 2063 schools recognized, from 1248 out of 2068 in 2013.”
For the fourth consecutive year, U.S.News & World Report's annual list of the best high schools in the country, named Marietta High School (MHS) one of the best high schools in the nation. Of the 21,035 public high schools examined by U.S. News, the magazine named MHS a silver medal winner, and ranked the school 1,463 nationally and 27th in Georgia. More»
In April 2013, Marietta City Schools (MCS) earned continuing accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI), an accreditation division of AdvancED. In October 2007, Marietta City Schools earned initial district accreditation as a quality school system from SACS CASI. District Accreditation is valid for five years and is the highest level of accreditation that a school system can receive from the SACS CASI organization. More»
Marietta City – Ranked #1 Mid-Sized School District In Technology Know-How. In 2013, Marietta City Schools earned top honors for technology integration, and placed 1st, among mid-sized school districts (3,000 – 12,000 students), in the nation’s ninth annual Digital School Districts Survey by the Center for Digital Education (CDE) and the National School Boards Association (NSBA). For the seventh consecutive year, MCS placed among the Top 10 U.S. School Districts Honored for Technology Know-How. More»
ACHIEVEMENTS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS
- Marietta City Schools (MCS) 11th grade test scores (230) on the 2013 Georgia High School Writing Test (GHSWT) outpaced both the Georgia average (224) and the Metro Atlanta scores (227). In 2013, ninety-eight percent of students tested, either met or exceeded standards, surpassing both the state (94%) and the Metro Atlanta average (95%). African-American, White, and Hispanic students surpassed the state’s subgroup performance with 99% of African-American, 98 % of White, and 97% of Hispanic students passing. MCS students also scored higher than their peers did in all four domains of effective writing: Ideas (3.4), Organization (3.5), Style (3.5), and Convention (3.4). More»
- MCAA Named 2013 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence: Marietta Center for Advanced Academics (MCAA) is one of 236 public schools nationwide recognized for Exemplary High Performance by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in the 2013 cohort of National Blue Ribbon Schools. More>>
- Marietta High School (MHS) student’s total combined average scores on the 2013 Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT®) outpaced the Georgia total (1452) by four points at 1456. Marietta did not surpass the national total (1498). The Georgia and national average were unchanged from 2012. MHS results reflect the performance of 248 seniors tested. Of the three subject scores in reading, writing, and mathematics, MHS students scored highest in reading. More>>
- Marietta City Schools (MCS) composite score (21.3) on the 2013 ACT outperformed the state (20.7) and national average (20.9) by 0.2 percentage points. Marietta High School (MHS) students outpaced the state in all subject areas tested with higher average scores in English (20.8), Mathematics (20.4), Reading (22.2), and Science (21.3). The 2013 ACT results reflect the performance of 170 MHS seniors. More>>
- In 2013, The Washington Post ranked Marietta High School (MHS) among the nation's 1,900 top public high schools in its list of “America’s Most Challenging High Schools.” Only 9 percent of the approximately 22,000 U.S. public high schools managed to earn placement on The Washington Post 2013 National High School Challenge Index. More»
- In November 2012, MSGA received the Georgia Association of Middle School Principals (GAMSP) Effective Middle School Program Award. The award, presented at the 2012 Annual GAMSP Fall Conference, recognizes those schools that best exemplify the middle school philosophy as well as academic success based on state and federal mandates.
- Newsweek's 2010 list of America's Top Public High Schools named Marietta High School (MHS) one of the best high schools in the nation, ranking it among the Top 6% (790 out of the Top 1600) of all high schools in America for the 5th year in a row.
- The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ranks Marietta Center for Advanced Academics among the Top 10 Elementary Schools in Metro Atlanta and Georgia.
- The percentage of Marietta City Schools (MCS) eighth graders meeting and exceeding standards (87%) increased by 11 percentage points from 2012 and surpassed the state (82%) and Metro area averages (86%) on the 2013 Georgia Eighth Grade Writing Assessment (EGWA). More»
- Marietta City Schools fifth-graders meeting or exceeding standards outpaced state and Metro Atlanta percentages on the 2013 Georgia Grade 5 Writing Assessment. Of the 683 students tested, 87 percent met or exceeded the standard. Marietta City students outscored their state peers (79%) by an eight-point margin, and their Metro peers (83%) by four percentage points. More»
- Hickory Hills Elementary School has been named a Learning Laboratory School member of the Music-in-Education National Consortium (MIENC), sponsored by ArtsNOW. The nomination follows a successful MIENC site visit in May 2009.
- For the eighth consecutive year, Unit GA-20021 at Marietta High School (MHS) has earned the Air Force Junior ROTC (JROTC) Distinguished Unit Award. The Distinguished Unit Award is limited to the best of the best of the nation's 884 Air Force JROTC units, and recognizes units that have performed beyond normal expectations, and that have distinguished themselves through outstanding service to their school and community while meeting the Air Force JROTC mission of producing better citizens for America.
GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION RECOGNITIONS
- In 2014, for the fifth consecutive year, Marietta High School (MHS) has earned recognition as an Advanced Placement (AP) Honor School. MHS earned Georgia Department of Education recognition as an AP Access & Support School and AP STEM School based on the results of 2013 AP classes and exams. More»
- AP Access & Support Schools: Schools with at least 30% of their AP exams taken by students who identified themselves as African- American and/or Hispanic and 30% of all AP exams earning scores of 3 or higher
- AP STEM Schools: Schools with students testing in at least two (2) AP math courses and two (2) AP science courses (AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Statistics, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Environmental Science, AP Physics B, AP Physics C, AP Computer Science)
- West Side Named Georgia Exceptional Library Media Program
West Side Elementary School, and Library Media Specialist, Sherri Kenworthy, are recipients of the 2012 Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) Exceptional Library Media Program honor. The GaDOE recently selected four exemplary and five exceptional Library Media Programs, and named nine Library Media Specialists statewide for recognition. More»
- West Side, Sawyer Road Elementary Earn “Reward Schools” Status
On October 31, 2012, the Georgia Department of Education named West Side Elementary a “Highest Performing” school and Sawyer Road Elementary a “High Progress” school. West Side was selected among 79 of the state’s highest performing Title I schools and Sawyer Road was chosen from among 156 Title I schools achieving significant academic gains. The high-performing and high-progress schools, named “reward schools” category is reserved for schools with the highest performance or the biggest academic gains by students in the last three years.
- MCAA Named Georgia's First STEM-Certified School
On March 8, 2012, State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge announced that the Marietta Center for Advanced Academics (MCAA) had been designated as the first Georgia Department of Education Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) certified school.
- A. L. Burruss, Dunleith, Hickory Hills, Lockheed, Park Street, Sawyer Road, West Side Elementary, Marietta Sixth Grade Academy, and Marietta High School earned recognition as Georgia Department of Education 2011 Title I Distinguished Schools. The nine are among 824 Georgia Title I Distinguished Schools recognized by the state for achieving Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) at least three years in a row.
- Two Marietta City elementary schools are among only 259 Georgia public schools recognized by The Governor's Office of Student Achievement (GOSA) during the 2010-2011 school year for high achievement on the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT). For the fourth consecutive year, the Marietta Center for Advanced Academics (MCAA) earned a Platinum Award for Outstanding Student Achievement – Highest Performance. West Side Elementary earned a Bronze Award – Highest Performance.
- In February 2011, State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge named Marietta Center for Advanced Academics (MCAA) a 2010 Georgia School of Excellence in Student Achievement. MCAA is one of 11 schools statewide recognized as a Top 10% school, and in addition to the special honor received a $1,000 check from Georgia Natural Gas.
- In December 2009, Marietta City Schools (MCS) earned two awards from the Georgia Department of Education’s Division for Special Education Services and the Georgia Council for Administrators of Special Education. One award recognizes MCS for outstanding efforts to improve the performance of students with disabilities by decreasing the number of students who drop out. The other award recognizes the district for meeting one or more of the state performance goals for students with disabilities by meeting the state target for graduates with regular education diplomas and for reducing the students who drop out of school.
- In November 2009, Marietta City Schools was named a Title I Distinguished District and awarded $50,000 for closing the achievement gap the most between economically disadvantaged students and students who are not economically disadvantaged.
DISTRICT PROGRAMS AND INITIATIVES
- In June 2008, Marietta City Schools (MCS) became one of Georgia’s first Charter School Systems.
- MCS is an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School district. On April 23, 2008, the school district became the first IB World School district in Georgia authorized to offer the IB Middle Years Program (MYP) for grades 6-10. With the addition of the IB Middle Years Program to the IB Primary Years Program (PYP) offered at Sawyer Road Elementary and the long-standing IB Diploma Program (DP) at Marietta High School, MCS is one of only a few school systems nationwide able to provide the full IB (K-12) continuum.
- Teachers use computers and other interactive technology tools in many of our classrooms from elementary to high school, sometimes on a daily basis, across all subjects and grades - in the preparation, delivery, and assessment of curriculum and instruction. Through the CyberSmart! Curriculum, students in grades K-8 learn about Internet safety, Cyber Citizenship, Computer Ethics, and netiquette. Our sixth, seventh and eighth grade students now have 1:1 computing access in at least one class per day, and across the district students rely on the use of classroom technology (interactive whiteboards, computers, printers, and other digital media) for learning.
- The science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) magnet program offered at the Marietta Center for Advanced Academics (elementary 3-5 magnet school) is now offered in grades 6-8.
- The district’s school choice initiative - Choice Academies program directly supports the district’s vision to be “…the school system of choice.”
- Marietta Reads!, the Marietta City Schools citywide effort to foster reading and literacy in the community, successfully helped Marietta’s 2006 selection as an All-America City, because it helped the city demonstrate a program to benefit children and illustrate how the program has increased student test scores and book circulation.
Parent-teacher Conference Attendance
- Fall 2012-2013: 92% attendance, Parent-teacher conferences (K-8)
8,879 (FY14 - Oct. FTE)
Employees (FY14 - Oct. CPI)
1137, including 732 certified personnel (of which 619 are teachers)
100% Highly Qualified teachers (NCLB)
MCS maintains a proud tradition of educational excellence because its citizens expect the best. From support provided by the Marietta Schools Foundation, teachers, administrators and students receive recognition and incentives to excel. The schools enjoy low pupil-teacher ratios (20:1), high per pupil expenditures ($9,242- FY15 Budgeted), and excellent support-staff provisions. 75% of MCS certified staff have a Masters Degree or higher and our teachers are regularly recognized among the best in the state and nation. Technology plays an integral role throughout the system, and all teachers receive a laptop computer upon hiring. For more information: www.marietta-city.org or call (770) 422-3500.