Marietta City School Graduates

The System of Excellence


    Marietta City Schools (MCS) is one of 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.

    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 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» 

    National Civic League crowned the city of Marietta one of the ten best communities in the nation as a 2006 All-America City, the oldest and most respected community recognition award in the country. Our reading and literacy program, Marietta Reads!, played a significant role in Marietta’s selection as an All-America City.

    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. 

    Our schools enjoy low pupil-teacher ratios (20:1), high per pupil expenditures ($10,542- FY17 Budgeted), and excellent support staff provisions. Seventy-five percent 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. 


    District Profile

    The Marietta City Schools system was created in February 1892, when 382 Marietta citizens cast votes in favor of a public school system for the city. The school bell rang for the first time on September 5, 1892, as 733 students attended class in four different locations. Joseph F. Stewart was the system's first superintendent.

    School Board

    Ward 1 - Alan Levine
    Ward 2 - Jason Waters, Vice Chair
    Ward 3 - Randy Weiner, Chair 
    Ward 4 - Allison Gruehn
    Ward 5 - Jeriene Bonner-Grimes
    Ward 6 - Kerry Minervini
    Ward 7 - Irene H. Berens

    Administrative Team and District Departments

    Dr. Grant Rivera, Superintendent
    Dr. Belinda Walters-Brazile, Deputy Superintendent
    Nathifa Carmichael, Assistant Superintendent of Human Capital and Development
    Jody Drum, Assistant Superintendent for Special Services 
    Erick Hofstetter, Assistant Superintendent of Operations
    Tammy Garnes, Director of Communications, Marketing, and Public Relations
    John Floresta, Executive Director of Strategy & Innovation
    Erin I. Franklin, CPA, Chief Financial Officer

    Our Schools
    Middle: 1
    Sixth Grade: 1
    High School: 1
    Magnet (Elementary): 1
    Alternative: 1
    Student Enrollment: 8,900
    Employees: 1,200
    Pupil/Teacher Ratio Average: 20:1
    Per-pupil Expenditures: $10,542
    Honors & Distinctions
    • Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
    • One of Georgia’s first Charter Systems – June 2008
    • International Baccalaureate (IB) World School District
    • 2016 Charter System Innovator of the Year
    • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Certified Magnet School
    • Five Georgia Schools of Excellence
    • One National School of Excellence
    • One Georgia Lighthouse School to Watch
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