Choice Academies

Students

Introduction

  • The Choice Academies program in Marietta City Schools provides parents and guardians an opportunity to choose, within a clearly defined window of eligibility, the elementary school best suited to their child’s talents and needs. Space must be available at the school and within the grade level requested before a Choice application is eligible for approval.

    The application window for the 2018-2019 Marietta City Schools (MCS) elementary Choice Academies program opened Monday, November 6, 2017 and will close January 19, 2018. Interested Marietta City residents seeking to apply for Choice Academies must submit their completed application no later than January 19, 2018.

    All Marietta City elementary Choice Academies offer school tours by appointment. To arrange a school tour, please contact the school directly. Learn more about the unique academic programs offered at each Marietta City elementary school by visiting the schools listed below and/or reading the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) on this webpage. 

    Choice Applications must be mailed to Marietta City Schools; 250 Howard Street; Marietta, GA 30060; ATTN: Cheryl Hood.


     

  • OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

    ARE CHOICE ACADEMIES

    Choose a Space Where Young Minds Will Grow

    A.L. Burruss
    Elementary School

    International Baccalaureate Primary Years Candidacy School
    Marietta Center
    for Advanced Academics

    Science, Technology, Engineering, Math Magnet*
    Sawyer Road
    Elementary School

    International Baccalaureate Primary Years Academy
     
    Kindergarteners through fifth grade students receive a broad academic program using multi-modal instruction to develop writing, speaking, presentation, and collaboration skills. More» Kindergarteners through fifth grade students receive a comprehensive, sequential academic program that incorporates the performing and visual arts in the teaching of core courses. More» Third through fifth grade students receive a integrated, rigorous, academic program focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
    *Separate admissions and eligibility criteria must be met.
    » Magnet Program
    » How to Apply
    Kindergarteners through fifth grade students receive an interdisciplinary, student-centered academic program that develops a global perspective through inquiry-based learning. More»
     
    Dunleith
    Elementary School

    Literacy Academy
    Lockheed
    Elementary School

    Leadership Academy
    Park Street
    Elementary School

    S.M.A.R.T. Goals Academy
    West Side
    Elementary School

    Talented and Gifted Learning Academy
     
    Kindergarteners through fifth grade students receive an inclusive academic program that integrates literacy with technology learning tools and resources. More» Kindergarteners through fifth grade students receive a complete academic program that incorporates principle-centered, character-building, personal leadership development. More» Kindergarteners through fifth grade students receive an in-depth academic program that incorporates individual and personalized 21st century learning experiences with hands-on digital education content using the S.M.A.R.T. goal process. More» Kindergarteners through fifth grade students receive a global, academic program that uncovers and develops the unique talents and gifts of all students. More»
     

     SCHOOL TOURS (Call for appointment)

    A.L. Burruss Elementary:
    Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
    (Call for appointment)
    Hickory Hills Elementary:
    Monday – Thursday
    Marietta Center for Advanced Academics:
    Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
    (Call for appointment)
    Sawyer Road Elementary:
    Monday – Friday
    Dunleith Elementary:
    Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    Lockheed Elementary:
    Monday – Thursday
    Park Street Elementary:
    Monday – Thursday
    West Side Elementary:
    Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. and
    Thursdays at 1:30 p.m.

     


Choice Academies FAQ's

  • November 6, 2017 and ends January 19, 2018
    Application deadline: January 19, 2018

    Vision: The vision of Marietta City Schools is to help all students to learn to their fullest potential.

    When can I apply?

    Applications are accepted from the first school day of the second week of November through the last school day of the third week of January.

    Who can apply?

    Only current residents of the City of Marietta can apply.

    Who should apply?

    Only those parents/guardians wishing to choice/transfer their child from their current zoned school to a Marietta City Choice Academy need apply. If you do not want to choice/transfer your child from his/her current zoned school then you do not need to apply. If you are currently enrolled in a school as a result of a choice placement, school transfer agreement, or a tuition agreement, you need not submit a choice application.

    Is a Choice Academy application required for siblings?

    Yes, if you wish to choice/transfer a sibling from their current zoned school to a Marietta City Choice Academy, a choice application is required for that student.

    How do I apply?

    CHOICE ACADEMIES APPLICATION PROCESS

    1. Complete both form (a) and (b) below:

    1. Choice Academies Application Form 
      Use this form to select your 1st and/or 2nd choice from among the Choice Academies* in the program.
      * Marietta Center for Advanced Academics has separate admissions and eligibility criteria.
    2. Choice Academies Continuation Agreement Form
      This form stipulates the criteria that must be met in order for your child to remain eligible to continue their choice status/enrollment at any Marietta City Choice Academy.

    If you are a current resident of the Marietta City school district, and your child is not currently enrolled at an MCS school, the Choice Academies Application Form must be accompanied by the following additional support documentation:

    1. A Marietta City Schools student registration form
    2. Proof of residency (deed, lease, rental agreement)
    3. Current utility bill (water, gas, electric, home telephone or cable TV)

    Return all required forms and any additional support documentation, by mail or fax, no later than the last school day of the third week of January to:

    Attn: Choice Academies Program
    Marietta City Schools
    250 Howard Street
    Marietta, GA 30060
    Tel: 770-422-3500

    When will I know a decision regarding my school choice preference?

    If we receive your completed application by the close of the application window (the last school day of the third week of January), you will receive a written notification regarding choice status no later than 15 days from the closing of the application window.

    What if I move into the district after the Choice application period?

    The application period for the Choice Academies program happens once a year. If you move into the district after the application period ends, you must wait to apply until the new application period is announced or request a transfer from your zoned school to a Choice Academy.

    What is the difference between Choice and Transfer?

    Choice provides parents and guardians an opportunity to choose, within a clearly defined window of eligibility, the elementary school best suited to their child’s talents and needs. Transfers can be requested at any time during the school year for reasons of health, significant childcare problems, or other legitimate or overriding concerns. Space must be available at the school and within the grade level requested before a Choice or transfer request can be approved.

    What if my child is currently attending one of the Choice schools as a result of an approved transfer?

    In order to remain eligible for Choice, parents and guardians of children who are currently enrolled as Choice or transfer students at any Marietta City Choice Academy must complete a Choice Academies Continuation Agreement Form and be in compliance with the criteria specified on the form.

    Can I Choice more than once during the school year?

    Placement into a Choice Academy can only occur once during a school year. Students are required to remain enrolled at the Choice Academy for the entire school year.

    What happens if I am not selected for either my 1st or 2nd choices?

    Because of the limited number of spaces available at each school, and within each grade level, we cannot guarantee that everyone will realize their 1st or 2nd choice. As a result, you may be placed on a waiting list pending availability of space.

  • "...School choice is part of the strategy to give every child an excellent education."
    -U.S. Secretary of Education  Margaret Spellings