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School Profile

  • West Side Mission

    Envision a school...

    • Where all children are encouraged to explore and strengthen their unique talents and gifts.
    • Where all children have equal access and opportunities to master the knowledge and skills necessary for success in college, career pathways and the global economy.
    • Where students achieve this success through a variety of learning opportunities and differentiated tasks that challenge and engage 21st century learners in all core content areas.
    • Where members of the learning community collaborate to set high expectations and achieve this mission.

    Core Values and Beliefs


    • Curriculum will be rigorous and relevant using a variety of research-based resources that are standards based and developmentally appropriate. The content will be vertically aligned, cohesive, and consistent within each grade level.


    • Instruction will be differentiated and student-centered using best practices to increase achievement.


    • Assessments will consist of purposeful, ongoing, balanced methods to measure student growth in order to drive instruction.


    • Students will be immersed in a safe, respectful community that fosters responsible citizens, empowering them to succeed. 

    Awards & Honors

    • 2019 - Marietta Daily Journal Best of Cobb County - Public Elementary Schools
    • 2018 - Governor's Office of Student Achievement - Highest Performing Schools
    • 2017 - Governor's Office of Student Achievement - Highest Performing Schools
    • 2016 - Governor's Office of Student Achievement - Highest Performing Schools
    • 2012 - Exceptional Library Media Program
    • 2011 - Governor's Office of Student Acheivement - Bronze Award
    • 2007 - Academic Improvement Platinum Award
    • 2002-2011 - Nine Consecutive Years of Adequate Yearly Progress
    • 1985 - Georgia School of Excellence

    Student Support Services

    • Gifted Education
    • Comprehensive School Counseling Program
    • Early Intervention Program (EIP)
    • Multi-tiered Systems of Support (MTSS)
    • Speech/Language Services
    • Special Education Services

    Student Activities

    • Weekly Specials Instruction (includes Art, Music, PE, STEM, and Innovation)
    • Before and After School Program with enrichment classes
    • Singing Stingers Chorus (4th-5th Grades)
    • Daily Student Produced News Show (4th-5th Grades)
    • Science Olympiad (4th-5th Grades)
    • Honors Chorus (5th Grade)
    • Safety Patrol (5th Grade)
    • Reading Bowl (5th Grade)
    • Junior Reading Bowl (4th Grade)
    • Girls on the Run (3rd-5th Grades)
    • Student Council (2nd-5th Grades)
    • Student Ambassadors (4th-5th Grades)
    • Yearbook Committee (4th-5th Grades)
    • K-Kids, in partnership with Marietta Kiwanis Club (2nd-5th Grades)
    • Drama Club, in partnership with The Strand Theater (1st-5th Grades)
    • Science Swarm (K-5th Grade)
    • Parent-led before and after school activities, including Girls Scouts, Boy Scouts, Awakening, and Sonrise
    • School-wide service activities
    • School-wide career day


    • New Playground Renovation completed in 2019
    • Newly Renovated Gymnasium completed in 2019
    • $5.5M in renovations/new classrooms completed in 2007-2008
    • One to one Chromebooks in grade 1-5
    • One to one laptops in grade K
    • 55 iPads
    • Interactive Whiteboards in all classrooms
    • STEM lab
    • Innovation Lab (Innovation Hive)
    • Sport Court
    • Performance stage and auditorium
    • Multimedia production room
    • Multiple grade level garden, school green house, and on-site composting

    PTA-Sponsored Family Events and Activities

    • Fall Festival
    • Pizza on the Playground
    • Pastries with Parents
    • Stinger Auction
    • Grandparent's Day
    • "Reflections" contest and reception
    • Stingers Serve Week
    • Cultural Arts Programs
    • Second Grade Play
    • Spring Fling and Art Show
    • Fifth Grade Talent Program
    • Popsicles on the Playground
    • Spring Teddy Bear Tour for rising kindergarten students

    Faculty & Students

    • 80% of teachers hold advanced degrees
    • 75% of teachers hold gifted endorsement
    • One MCS Employee of the Year on Staff
    • One National Milken Award Winner on Staff
    • Alumni return to teach
    • Ten Principals in 70 years
    • Active PTA
    • Student Enrollment: 533 (FY22)
    • Average class size: 20
    • Number of teachers: 46
    • Uniforms: Yes, Unified dress code policy Monday through Thursday

    West Side History

    Learn about West Side's history and tradition of academic excellence.

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