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School Profile

  • Vision

    The of West Side Elementary School vision is for all students to learn to their fullest potential.


    In partnership with families and the community, the mission of West Side Elementary School is to be an innovative learning environment that nurtures the unique talents and gifts of every student and fosters individual potential to maximize future opportunities. 


    • We believe curriculum should be rigorous and relevant to provide students with an enriching learning experience.
    • We believe instruction should be grounded in the latest science of teaching and intentionally designed to support the individual learning needs of all students.
    • We believe caring and trusting relationships among students and educators in schools are vital for the success of the whole child.
    • We believe in the collective responsibility of all staff members to achieve our common mission and vision.
    • We believe all students and staff deserve a safe, welcoming, and inclusive environment.
    • We believe the support of families and community strengthen our school, and educating students is a collaborative partnership.


    There’s no place like West Side!

    Awards & Honors

    • 2023 - Georgia Department of Education Advancing Achievement Schools
    • 2023 - RAMP Certification
    • 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 Achievement - 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
    • Talent Development Program for Advancing Academic Potential
    • Advanced Content courses in 3rd-5th grade
    • Comprehensive School Counseling Program
    • Early Intervention Program (EIP)
    • Multi-tiered Systems of Support (MTSS)
    • Speech/Language Services
    • Special Education Services
    • Daily small group reading instruction for all students in K-3rd grade 

    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)
    • 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 (3rd-5th Grades)
    • Science Swarm (K-5th Grade)
    • InVenture Prize (3rd-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


    • $13M in facility renovation & modernization completed in 2023
    • Outdoor Learning Center (PTA Legacy)
    • Complete furniture refresh in 2023
    • New Cafeteria Addition completed in 2023
    • 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 (PTA Legacy)
    • Innovation Lab (PTA Legacy)
    • 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

    • 100% of teachers in K-3rd grade completed Science of Reading credentialing
    • 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: 550 (FY23)
    • Average class size: 20
    • Number of teachers: 46
    • Number of reading specialists: 2.5
    • 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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