Our vision is for all students to learn to their fullest potential.
In partnership with families and the community, our mission is to prepare each student to maximize career, college, and life opportunities.
Education is the key to a successful future. Each member of the school community has responsibility for working towards achievement of the district’s vision. The diversity of people, perspectives, and practices strengthens our school district. Frequent and clear communication is essential among all school district stakeholders. Caring and trusting relationships among students and adults in schools are vital to supporting the whole child. A highly effective and innovative staff is essential to student learning. Safe, inviting, well-maintained schools are essential for teaching and learning. Education is enhanced through access to technological resources, personalized learning environments, and quality facilities.
With an enrollment of 377 white students and 356 black students, housed in segregated schools, Marietta children attended theirfirst day of classes in the city's new free and public school system on September 5, 1892. It was the culmination of years of work by the citizens of the city, who since the 1830's, had operated church and private schools to educate male and female students of all races. For 125 years the students and alumni of Marietta City Schools (MCS) have maintained a tradition of academic excellence, athletic prowess, artistic accomplishment, and diversity of culture and thought. Throughout the early and mid-1900's MCS developed a reputation as a district that provided a superb classical education for its students. Tremendous student growth led to the establishment of a strong Parent Teacher Association(1917), the opening of the city's first public high school for African-American students, Lemon Street(1930), the building of day care facilities to meet the needs of working mothers (1944), and the opening of six new schools in the 1950's. Public school integration came to Marietta in 1964 when two students of color applied to attend the city's all white high school, with the full desegregation of Marietta High taking place in the fall of 1967. Like their peers throughout the country, MCS students tested authority during the 1970's, organizing protests and pushing back against newly written rules and dress codes. At the same time the district continued to thrive, becoming a school district of choice while adding courses in industrial arts, construction, transportation, andvocational education. By the 1980's, special education and support staff for subjects such as music and art were expanded, and a pupil transportation system was established. The opening of 16 computer labs by the early 1990's and a focus on technology in education was a game-changer and helped to keep the district's diverse student population on par with neighboring school districts. In 1995 Marietta High received its IB World School certification, and in 2008 Marietta City Schools became one of Georgia’s first Charter Systems. The MCS charter system currently includes eleven schools: seven K-5 elementary schools,one sixth grade academy, one middle school,one high school, and one grades 3-5 elementary magnet school. With over 8,900 students MCS strives to provide a world-class education for its students while maintaining and celebrating 125 years of tradition.