Our Mission: The mission of the Cobb County School District is to guarantee a quality educational program for all students in a challenging, secure environment. We, as professional, caring educators, will provide a relevant, integrated curriculum. Our students will become critical thinkers who are knowledgeable, skillful and responsible, and who can succeed as life-long learners in a richly diverse society.

The Cobb County School District is the second largest school system in Georgia and among the largest in the United States, with 106,724 students as of October 2005. Its student population grows by nearly 2,000 each year, and with more than 13,800 full-time employees, nearly 8,400 of whom are classroom teachers and other certified personnel, the School District is the largest employer in the county.

All Cobb County schools are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and the district is among the first to have earned district-wide accreditation. Cobb schools have earned 16 National Blue Ribbon-No Child Left Behind School awards and 33 Georgia Schools of Excellence awards. In addition, individual schools, staff members and students receive numerous local, state and national awards each year.

Parental and community involvement is a hallmark in the District, as demonstrated through 100 percent PTA participation in most schools, the addition of School Councils, and the Partners in Education Program — a joint effort with the Cobb Chamber of Commerce — that supports school-business partnerships in every Cobb school. The School District had over 1000 business partners at the end of 2005 and the numbers continue to grow.

Cobb students consistently score above the national average on norm-referenced tests. In 2005, 4,971 (81 percent) of 6,173 Cobb seniors took the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) at least once during their high school career, achieving a combined average score of 1047, while the national combined average score was 1028, and the state average score was 993. Nearly half of Cobb's high schools made significant gains over 2004 scores, including Kell, Kennesaw Mountain, Lassiter, South Cobb, Sprayberry and Walton, each gaining 10 points or more on average. Kell's 56-point jump from 968 in 2004 to 1024 in 2005 is indicative of the success of Cobb's SAT prep classes and concentration on writing skills.

The School District has three charter schools and five magnet programs including the International Baccalaureate Programme (Campbell High School), the Advanced Mathematics and Science Academy (Kennesaw Mountain High School), the Center for Excellence in Performing Arts (Pebblebrook High School), the Academy of Research and Medical Science (South Cobb High School), and the Center for Advanced Studies in Science, Mathematics and Technology (Wheeler High School).

Cobb County faculty members have an average of 11 years of experience, and 51 percent have advanced degrees. Seventeen (17) Cobb teachers received National Board Certification in 2005, creating a total of 108 teachers who have reached one of the highest national achievements in the education profession.

The Cobb County School District is a growing and caring community where education comes first and excellence in education is at the forefront.

Total Number of School Facilities 110
Elementary Schools 67
Middle Schools 22
High Schools 14
Open Campus High School 1
Alternative School 1
Special Education Centers 2
Adult Education Center 1
Transition Learning Center 1
ESOL Center 1
2004-05 year-end total student population 103,447
2005-06 student population (as of October 2005) 106,724
Percentage of faculty with advanced degrees. 51%
Average years of faculty experience 11
National Blue Ribbon Schools awards 16
Georgia Schools of Excellence awards 33