Strategic Plan - Academics



Helping Every Student Reach Their Full Potential On The Road To Success

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Cobb Schools not only prepares students for academic success, but our teachers also help our students grow into well-rounded leaders. No matter the learning environment, our teachers really understand our students and what each individual student needs to know and how to get them there.

Dr. Catherine MallandaDr. Catherine Mallanda
Chief Academic Officer


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The Focus on the Individual

Our Academic Department leaders support teachers to prioritize the Cobb Teaching and Learning Standards. They provide resources and professional learning focused on engaging strategies and balanced instruction to ensure all students achieve success.

The Launch of Districtwide Initiatives

Student success is at the forefront of every program introduced in Cobb Schools. Our team of educators adhere to a rigorous process of vetting programs and using data to make decisions to determine whether a program will benefit our students, teachers, and school leaders.

The Guidance School Leaders Need to Support Their Communities

Our Academic Department engages school leaders to extend the mission and vision of the Cobb County School District. They provide resources and professional learning so school leaders can develop and communicate the journey to success at their school.

Why Our Students Stand Above the Rest

Cobb students continually score above their state and national peers on standardized assessments because our educators deliver instruction aligned to content standards and 21st Century skills through intentional and engaging instructional strategies, high standards, and a rigorous curriculum. 

Using Data to Make Decisions

Thanks to the innovation of Cobb educators, our teachers can monitor student learning in real-time through well-designed, rigorous assessments which measure progress toward mastery of content standards and student growth. Through the Assess portion of the Cobb Teaching and Learning System (CTLS), teachers monitor student progress and make real-time adjustments to instruction based on student data. 

Preparing Students to be Future Ready

Cobb educators use a variety of programs to prepare students for post-graduation success through instruction aligned with college and career expectations. Beyond required core content, our schools offer electives which allow students to explore areas of interest including Career, Technology and Agriculture programs at all middle school and high schools, and transition services for students with disabilities. School counselors work with children of all ages to help them explore options for their future.

Alternative Education Models

As families consider options for their children’s education, Cobb has multiple non-traditional programs and learning environments. Some options available include six magnet schools, Cobb Innovation and Technology Academy, and dual enrollment programs, as well as our hybrid or full-time online models. Learning choices are not only designed to ensure students are learning everywhere, but they also provide families with more flexibility and options. Whether you choose a full-time in-person classroom or a hybrid in-person/online model, Cobb County School District has a school or program designed to meet the differing needs of each one of our families.

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Prepare, Train, and Grow

Professional learning for our teachers starts as soon as they join our team. From New Teacher Academy to learning support specialists to school-based instructional coaches, Cobb provides hundreds of opportunities for our teachers to learn and grow. Recognizing the importance that educators continue in their learning journeys, Cobb is committed to providing relevant professional learning opportunities through professional learning days as well as job embedded opportunities. 

Developing Leaders

Our educators motivate and inspire one another with their dedication and commitment to improve. Those with a desire to take on a leadership role as a teacher or school leaders are further encouraged and develop those skills through Teacher Leader Academy, Innovation Academies, Aspiring Leader Academy, Aspiring Principal Academy, New Assistant Principal Induction, and more.

Transforming Classrooms, The Future is Now

As demonstrated over the past three years, Cobb classrooms have successfully transformed into digital classrooms capable of preparing today’s students in a global and ever-changing society. The Cobb Teaching and Learning System (CTLS), along with the deployment of personal devices for our middle school and high school students and individual classroom access of a device for our elementary students, has enabled District educators and students in Cobb to learn from everywhere.

A Commitment to Professional Development

Recognizing the importance that educators continue their learning journey, the District, as well as, individual schools designate specific Professional Learning Days.

The ESOL Program mission is to help ensure the English language development and academic success of English Learners (ELs). 

The ESOL Program works with teachers and administrators of ELs to provide high-quality instructional programs designed to develop proficiency in English, while meeting challenging State academic content and student academic achievement standards.

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The Dual Enrollment program provides students an early start on their college careers by earning college credits while still in high school and offers challenging academic experiences to qualified students. 
Opportunities for students include taking one or more college courses or completing a professional certificate in conjunction with their high school diploma.
Advanced Placement (AP®) courses provide high school students with a college-level academic experience.

The College Board partners with colleges and universities to develop an appropriately challenging curriculum, to create college-level assessments, and to train teachers to deliver instruction that meets college-level standards. All Cobb County School District high schools offer AP courses taught by College Board trained teachers.

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AP Courses  

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The Cobb County School District recognizes that students who demonstrate exceptional potential in a specific area may benefit from a specialized program. 
Cobb’s magnet programs allow students to pursue their interests, develop their talents, and extend their competencies beyond the usual scope of high school. Due to limited space at each program, students are selected through a highly competitive and rigorous application process.  

The Cobb County School District provides services for identified gifted students at all grade levels that are designed to meet the specific academic needs of gifted students.
Cobb adheres to the rules and regulations established by the Georgia Department of Education for identification and service of gifted learners.

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The Cobb County School District provides multiple bilingual and specialized programs to support students and serves Cobb’s diverse community by facilitating the development of culturally and linguistically competent global citizens. 
Cobb offers comprehensive world language instruction at all levels that prepare multilingual students to value cultural diversity and to contribute to our global society.

The Cobb County School District special education department offers students and families with a plethora of supports and services to meet the unique needs of students with disabilities. 
In alignment with our departmental goal of providing meaningful outcomes for students with disabilities, our department has a wide array of programming that targets the needs of eligible students based on their identified IEP needs. Our resources include program specific supports along with supports from related service providers, transition services, preschool, non-program related specialized support and parent mentors. Our mission is to foster achievement for students with disabilities and provide robust supports that will allow for student growth and development. If you would like more detailed information about the myriad of supports and services we provide, please click the link below.  

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