Superintendent's Office: Welcome

Dr. Emily Lembeck, Superintendent Welcome to Marietta City Schools (MCS), a system rich in tradition, yet future-focused and results-driven. At MCS we value and support academic achievement and literacy. We have implemented many new initiatives in response to the ever-changing opportunities and challenges of educating and preparing tomorrow's leaders.

Our difference is Excellence, and excellence means remaining focused on our mission "to prepare each of our students through academic achievement for college, career, and life success." We do this by developing curriculum and programs that meet and effectively serve the educational needs of all students, and fulfill the academic rigor demanded by Georgia's new Common Core State Standards (CCSS).

In June 2008, Marietta City Schools became one of Georgia's first Charter Systems, and 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, 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.”


2013 National Blue Ribbon School of ExcellenceMCAA 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>>


U.S. News & World Report 2013 Best SchoolsFor 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»


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»


Also in 2013, for the fourth consecutive year, Marietta High School (MHS) earned recognition as an Advanced Placement (AP) Honor School. MHS earned Georgia Department of Education recognition as an AP Access & Support School based on the results of 2011-2012 AP classes and exams. AP Access & Support Schools: Schools with 30% of AP test takers that are African-American or Hispanic and at least 30% of all AP exams scoring three or higher. More»


AdvancED LogoIn 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»


Lighthouse Award In January 2013, Marietta Sixth Grade Academy (MSGA) was named 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 17 other Georgia Schools to receive this honor since the program’s inception in 2002. More»


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.

Visit us soon. Marietta is a great place to live, and a visit to one of our elementary school Choice Academies, or our sixth grade, middle school or high school can best inform you about the innovative educational programs, well-disciplined and safe environments, highly qualified teachers and opportunities available for your child to achieve high standards.

Together we can make a difference. I look forward to meeting more of you, as I continue to reach out to our community throughout the year as we strive to become the school system of choice.


Emily Lembeck, Ed.D.


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

Diane May
Executive Assistant
250 Howard Street
Marietta, GA 30060
Phone: (770) 422-3500, ext. 7253