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Fact Sheet

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 STEM certified 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.

Washington Post America’s Most Challenging High Schools In 2014 and 2013, 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.”

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 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»

Digital School District Winner 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»

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  • ACT Results – MHS composite score (21.4) on the 2015 ACT outperformed the state (21.0) and the nation (21.0) by .4 points. MHS students outpaced the state in all subject areas tested with higher average scores in English (21.1), Math (20.6), Reading (22.1), Science (21.5), and Writing (21.4). MHS outscored the nation in all subject areas except in Math by .2 points. The 2015 ACT results reflect the performance of 178 MHS seniors. 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.

  • Marietta City Schools (MCS) test scores (555) on the 2015 Georgia Milestones Analytic Geometry Test outpaced both the Georgia average (535) and the Metro Atlanta scores 551. In 2015, 82% of students tested, either met or exceeded standards, surpassing both the state (52%) and the Metro Atlanta average (62%). African-American, White, and Hispanic students surpassed the state’s subgroup performance with 85% of African-American, 92 % of White, and 82% of Hispanic students passing.  More»

  • Lighthouse Award In December 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>>

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  • 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 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.

expand  DISTRICT PROGRAMS AND INITIATIVES

  • 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.

expand  DATA HIGHLIGHTS

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Parent-teacher Conference Attendance

  • Fall 2015: 92% 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 ($9,896 - FY16 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. 

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
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