Fact Sheet

Award Winning School System

Marietta City Schools (MCS) is Georgia's first Charter School Systems and first International Baccalaureate (IB) World School District. It serves 8,900 students at eight elementary choice schools, one of which is a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Certified Magnet school; one sixth-grade school and one middle school (7/8) recognized as a Georgia Lighthouse School to Watch (2012, 2015) – both offering STEM Certified Programs, and one high school. The school district has approximately 1,200 employees who are regularly recognized among the best in the state and nation.

As an IB World School District, MCS offers the optional IB Primary Years Program for grades K-5, IB Middle Years Program for all students in grades 6-10, and the IB Diploma Program and Career-Related Program as an option for high school students in grades 11-12. It is one of only a few school systems nationwide able to provide the full IB (K-12) continuum. MCS is also home to one National Blue Ribbon School: Marietta Center for Advanced Academics; one National School of Excellence: A.L. Burruss Elementary; and five Georgia Schools of Excellence: A.L. Burruss Elementary, Marietta Center for Advanced Academics, West Side Elementary, Marietta Middle School, and Marietta High School. MCS is ranked nationally as among the Top Ten US School Districts in Digital Technology and was selected as the Georgia Charter System Foundation’s 2016 Charter System Innovator of the Year.


America's Most Challenging High Schools 2016 For the third year in 2016, The Washington Post recently Marietta High School (MHS) among the nation’s top public high schools on its list of “America’s Most Challenging High Schools.” Only 11 percent of the approximately 26,000 U.S. public high schools and 31 percent of the 450 public high schools in Georgia managed to earn placement on The Washington Post 2016 National High School Challenge Index. America's Most Challenging High Schools ranks schools through an index formula that is a simple ratio: the number of Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given at a school each year, divided by the number of seniors who graduated that year.

MCS received the Charter System Innovator of the Year Award and was presented a $10,000 grant from Comcast to further enhance the school district’s reforms. The award was announced at Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle’s Second Annual Charter System Foundation Awards Luncheon, highlighting the numerous achievements of Georgia Charter Systems. More>>

Distinguished School Board The Board of Education of the City of Marietta earned designation as a 2015 Georgia School Boards Association (GSBA) Distinguished School Board. The Distinguished School Board status recognizes school boards that exemplify best practices in school governance and leadership. The Board of Education of the City of Marietta met and or exceeded the criteria set forth by GSBA to earn this honor of a 2015 Distinguished School Board. More>>

U.S. News & World Report 2013 Best Schools

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»

AdvancED In 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»


  • ACT Results – The 2016 ACT results reflect the performance of 155 Marietta High School seniors. MCS composite score on the 2016 ACT is 20.8. Composite scores are higher than the state and the nation in the Black, White, and Hispanic subgroups. More»

  • SAT Results – MHS student’s total combined average scores on the 2015 Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT®) outpaced the Georgia total (1450) by 26 points at 1476. Marietta did not surpass the national total (1490). MHS results reflect the performance of 256 seniors tested and scores increased by 20 points from 2014. Of the three subject scores in reading, writing, and mathematics, MHS students scored highest in reading.

  • MCS scores for the 2016 administration of the Georgia Milestones Assessment System show increases in most subject areas. The percentage of students achieving at Proficient Learner level and above increased for 18 of the 31 tests. There was a 58% increase of assessments scoring at this higher achieving level from 2015 to 2016. This includes increases in 13 of the 24 End of Grade (EOG) tests taken by third through eighth grade students; and increases in five of the seven tests for the high school End of Course (EOC) test – both for the Proficient Learner level and above category. More»

  • Lighthouse Award In 2015, Marietta Sixth Grade Academy (MSGA) was re- designated a Georgia Lighthouse School to Watch as part of a recognition program developed by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform. MSGA is one of only 8 other Georgia Schools to receive this honor since the program’s inception in 2002. More»

  • For the twelth 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. More>>


  • In 2016, for the seventh consecutive year, Marietta High School (MHS) has earned recognition as an Advanced Placement (AP) Honor School. MHS earned the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) recognition as an AP Access & Support School for the seventh year in a row, AP Humanities School for the second year in a row, AP STEM School and AP STEM Achievement School based on the results of 2014-2015 AP classes and exams. More»

    AP Honor School Category Definitions:

    • AP Access & Support Schools: Schools with 30 percent of their AP exams taken by students who identified themselves as African-American and/or Hispanic, and 30 percent of all AP exams earning scores of three or higher.

    • AP Humanities Schools: Schools with students testing in all of the following AP courses: at least one ELA course, two social sciences courses, one fine arts course and one world language course.

    • AP STEM Schools: Schools with students testing in at least two AP math courses and two 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).

    • AP STEM Achievement Schools: Schools with students testing in at least two AP math courses and two AP science courses, and at least 40 percent of the exam scores on AP math and AP science exams earning scores of three or higher.

    • Marietta Middle School (MMS) earned the designation of being a Georgia STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Certified Program. This makes it the sixth middle school and 29th school in Georgia to hold this STEM certification. MMS is also the third school within Marietta City Schools (MCS) to hold STEM Certification.

  • Marietta Sixth Grade Academy (MSGA) earned the designation of being a Georgia STEM (Science, Georgia STEM Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Certified Program. This makes it the third middle school and 18th school in Georgia to hold this certification. More>>

  • 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 PerformanceWest Side Elementary earned a Bronze Award – Highest Performance.

  • In 2010 and 2012, the Georgia Department of Education 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.


  • In 2008, Marietta City Schools (MCS) became one of Georgia’s first Charter School Systems.

  • MCS is an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School district. In 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) and IB Career-Related Program (CCP) 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 also 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

  • Spring 2016: 94% attendance, Parent-teacher conferences (K-8)

Student Enrollment

            8,896 (FY16 - Oct. FTE) 

Student Demographics

African-American 41.09%
American Indian < 0.1%
Asian 2.25%
Hispanic 26.6%
Multi 2.03%
White 25.16%
Female 48.7%
Male 51.1%

Employees (FY16 - Oct. CPI)

              1163, including 762 certified personnel (of which 638 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 ($10,542- FY17 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. 


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

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