Awards & Honors


Cobb County

STEM Certified Schools

STEM Certified Schools

Acworth Elementary

Addison Elementary

Baker Elementary

Barber Middle 

Blackwell Elementary 

Belmont Hills Elementary

Big Shanty Intermediate 

Brumby Elementary

Bullard Elementary

Cooper Middle

Davis Elementary

Due West Elementary

East Side Elementary

Eastvalley Elementary

Floyd Middle 

Ford Elementary

Garrison Mill Elementary

Harrison High

Hightower Trail Middle

Kemp Elementary

Kennesaw Mtn. High

King Springs Elementary

Lassiter  High

Lovinggood Middle

Mableton Elementary

Mabry Middle

McCall Primary

McCleskey Middle

Pickett's Mill Elementary

Pope High

Rocky Mount Elementary

Shallowford Falls Elementary 

Sope Creek Elementary 

Sprayberry High 

Tritt Elementary

Varner Elementary 

Vaughan Elementary

Walton High

Wheeler High

Cobb County

STEAM Certified Schools

STEAM Certified Schools

East Cobb Middle

Tritt Elementary

Simpson Middle


STEM Certified Schools

STEM Georgia

Cooper Middle 

Ford Elementary

Kennesaw  Mtn. High 

Lassiter High

Sope Creek Elementary 

Tritt Elementary


STEAM Certified Schools

Georgia STEAM Certified Logo

Mableton Elementary School

Wheeler High School


STEM Certified Schools

AdvancED STEM Certified

Big Shanty Intermediate School

Brumby Elementary School

Cooper Middle School

Ford Elementary School

Hightower Trail Middle School

Kennesaw Mtn High School

Lassiter High School

Mabry Middle School

Mableton Elementary School

Shallowford Falls Elementary School

Sope Creek Elementary School

Tritt Elementary School

Vaughan Elementary

National Blue Ribbon Schools

National Blue Ribbon Schools2019    Sope Creek Elementary

Tritt Elementary

2017    Dickerson Middle

Dodgen Middle

2016    Mt. Bethel Elementary

2013    Fair Oaks Elementary

Tritt Elementary

2012    Hendricks Elementary

(formerly Austell Intermediate School)

2011    Timber Ridge Elementary

2009    Hightower Trail Middle

2008    Mabry Middle

2007    Walton High

2003    Dickerson Middle

2001    Shallowford Falls Elementary

2000    Lassiter High

1997    Lost Mountain Middle

1996    Sprayberry High

1994    Eastvalley Elementary

1993    South Cobb High

1992    McCleskey Middle

1990    East Cobb Middle

1988    Murdock Elementary

Sope Creek Elementary

1986    Mt. Bethel Elementary

1985    Tapp Middle

1984    Garrett Middle

Walton High

U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools

Green Ribbon Schools

2015    Big Shanty Intermediate, Cobb County School District

2013    Ford Elementary

Georgia Schools of Excellence

Georgia Schools of Excellence

(This program discontinued after 2012)

2012    Garrison Mill Elementary, King Springs Elementary, Kennesaw Charter

2011    Hillgrove High, Sprayberry High

2010    Lassiter High

2009    Pope High, Dodgen Middle, Ford Elementary, Mableton Elementary, Teasley Elementary

2008    Harrison High, Lassiter High, Dickerson Middle, Kemp Elementary, Timber Ridge Elementary

2007    Daniell Middle, Davis Elem., Rocky Mount Elem., Shallowford Falls Elem., Murdock Elem.

2006    Tritt Elementary

2005    Walton High

2003    Hightower Trail Middle

2002    Sprayberry High

2000    Campbell High, Mabry Middle

1999    Lassiter High, Shallowford Falls Elementary

1998    Simpson Middle

1997    Pebblebrook High, Baker Elementary

1996    North Cobb High, Lost Mountain Middle, Sedalia Park Elementary

1995    Sprayberry High, Mountain View Elementary

1994    Nash Middle, Eastvalley Elementary

1993    South Cobb High, Davis Elementary

1992    Lassiter High, McCleskey Middle

1990    Pope High, East Cobb Middle

1989    Dickerson Middle, East Side Elementary

1988    Dodgen Middle, Sope Creek Elementary

1987    Murdock Elementary

1986    Wheeler High, Mount Bethel Elementary

1985    Tapp Middle

1984    Walton High, Tritt Elementary, Garrett Middle

Other Awards & Honors

  • Ford Elementary named 2013 Georgia National Green Ribbon School.
  • 2012 -District received A+ rating for public transparency by Sunshine Review.
  • Magnet programs at Wheeler & Kennesaw Mountain high schools awarded state Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) certification.
  • CCSD named 2012 Clean Air Campaign School District of the Year
  • Stacey Osborne Duffy of Mountain View Elementary named 2012 Elementary Science Teacher of the Year by the Georgia Science Teachers Association.
  • Jamee Douglas, fifth grade teacher at Big Shanty Elementary was named 2012 Champion of the Year by the Georgia Clean Air Campaign as part of the organization’s PACE awards program.
  • Georgia Council of Teachers of Mathematics honored Deborah Poss of Lassiter High with the organization’s highest honor, the Gladys M. Thompson Distinguished Service Award.
  • Michelle Mikes, District 6-12 math supervisor received the John Neff Award for Excellence, reserved for supervisors who inspire and mentor fellow teachers and advocate for math education.
  • Media center staffs at McClure Middle, Belmont Hills Elementary and Russell Elementary received 2012 Exemplary/Exceptional Library Media Program Awards from the Georgia Dept. of Education.
  • Howard Siggelko and the CCSD Office of Records Management given 2012 Award for Excellence in Archival Program Development from the Georgia Historical Records Advisory Board.
  • Erica McDonald, instructor at the Cobb/Paulding Adult Education Center, recently received the Teacher of Honor award from the Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education.
  • 2010 - District named to College Board Advanced Placement Achievement List
  • 34 Cobb schools honored by Georgia Dept. of Education for gains, high performance on CRCT, and Georgia High School Graduation Test
  • 15 2010-2011 seniors earned National Merit and National Achievement scholarships
  • Of 141 nationally and four in Georgia, two U.S. Presidential Scholars are from Cobb high schools
  • 13 Cobb high schools rank among the nation’s top challenging schools (Washington Post National High School Challenge Index)
  • School counseling programs at Campbell High, Hillgrove High, Nickajack Elementary, and Sope Creek Elementary earn prestigious Recognized ASCA Model Program (RAMP) designation
  • Mableton Elementary receives 2011 Panasonic National School Change Award
  • Christy Garvin, gifted education teacher at Vaughan Elementary is one of seven national honorees for the 2011 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Educator Achievement Awards! The AIAA presents the award bi-annually to educators who have gone above and beyond to engage students in math and science studies.
  • 75 Cobb students were invited to participate in the state Governor’s Honors Program: 40 in Academics, 26 in the Fine Arts and 9 in Career Tech. For four weeks this summer, these students will participate in challenging and enriching educational opportunities on a college campus
  • Walton High Academic Bowl team wins state championship, WSB High-Q competition
  • Janice Belcher, teacher at Powder Springs Elementary, was selected as 2011 Elementary Science Teacher of Promise by the Georgia Science Teachers Association
  • Griffin Middle School was recognized by state Superintendent Dr. John Barge and members of the state board of education as one of Georgia’s 11 state-directed schools that was able to come off the Needs Improvement list.
  • Barry Crocker, custodian at Nicholson Elementary, was named top recipient of the 2011 National C.L.E.A.N. Award, a program recognizing the contributions of school custodians to public health
  • Atlanta magazine included several Cobb County high schools in its 2011 “Best High Schools” feature, highlighting programs the magazine considers the best in categories such as Math & Science, Sports, and Fine Arts.
  • Mabry Middle School earned the 2008-2009 National No Child Left Behind-Blue Ribbon School Award
  • 2009 Presidential Scholar- Andy’ Zhang, senior at Walton High School, has been named one of two in the state of Georgia
  • 2009 National Merit Scholars
  • Neha Shingane of Campbell High
  • Emily Sharp of Lassiter High
  • Addison Wright of Lassiter High
  • Melissa Grooms of Walton High
  • Andy Zhang of Walton High
  • The top counselor in the United States by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) is Julie Hartline of Campbell High School
  • Norton Park Elementary Counselors Win Prestigious national RAMP Award (Recognized ASCA Model Program Award) for 2009
  • 2009 Georgia STAR Student - Walton High’s Annie Wang by the Professional Association of Georgia Educators /AP US History teacher Jennifer Snoddy selected as her STAR Teacher.
  • 2008 Georgia Schools of Excellence by the Georgia Department of Education, the most from any single school district in the state.
  • Kemp Elementary
  • Timber Ridge Elementary
  • Dickerson Middle
  • Harrison High
  • Lassiter High
  • Campbell High School earned the Governor’s Cup Regional winner for earning the largest improvement in SAT scores.
  • Walton High School earned the Governor’s Cup for earning the highest SAT scores over a 3 year period.
  • Top 10 in Georgia for the greatest number of students EXCEEDING state standards on the CRCT, the High School Graduation Test & the End of Course Tests
  • Mount Bethel, Timber Ridge, Tritt, and Kemp Elementary Schools
  • Hightower Trail, Dickerson, and Dodgen Middle Schools
  • Pope, Walton, Lassiter, and Harrison High Schools
  • Top 10 schools to earn the greatest gains on these standardized tests over the previous year:
  • Green Acres Elementary
  • Brown Elementary
  • Top high school principal in the state by the Georgia Association of Secondary School Principals is Steve Miletto of Osborne High School
  • Fran Bollinger, 4th grade teacher at Sedalia Park Elementary, was named Georgia’s Outstanding Elementary Social Studies Educator.
  • Georgia PTA Outstanding Principals of the year
  • Dr. Philip Page of Garrett Middle School
  • Chris Shaw of Lassiter High School
  • 2009 Sprayberry High School becomes First Gilder-Lehrman Institute Affiliate School in Georgia
  • Pope High School student newspaper receives Highest Rating From Journalism Association
  • In 2009 the South Cobb High School marching band was selected to represent Georgia in the inaugural parade for President Barack Obama.
  • The Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall selected Pebblebrook High School Performing Arts Chamber Choir to participate in its sixth annual National High School Choral Festival
  • 2009 state Academic Bowl championship - Walton High School
  • 2008 Peachtree Southeastern Regional Award - Kell High School Robotics Team
  • Big Shanty Intermediate earned 1st place at the state First Lego League Robotics Competition
  • Cobb County School District Special Education recognized as a state leader for outstanding efforts to improve performance of students with disabilities.
  • Newsweek Magazines’ List of Best Public High Schools
    • Walton, Campbell, Lassiter, Harrison, Osborne, Pope, Sprayberry and Kell
  • 2009 Business Week Magazine’s list of ‘America’s Best High Schools’ selected Wheeler High School for the state of Georgia.
  • Hollydale Elementary Teacher, Susan Gregg earned Georgia Reading Association’s Reading Teacher of the Year
  • Campbell High School PTSA earned national Parent Involvement Schools of Excellence Certification.
  • 1st place in the state Army JROTC Leadership Academic Bowl.   Osborne’s JROTC Leadership Academic Team
  • Harrison High School marching band, won the Bands of America/Music for All Regional Championship event.
  • Lassiter High School, Walton High School Orchestras selected to perform at 2009 Mid-West International Band and Orchestra Convention
  • Pope High School Band and Percussion Ensemble were selected to perform at the National Concert Band Festival Athletic Awards
  • 2009 Georgia AAAA Swimmer of the Year - Kristine Polley of Sprayberry High School
  • 2009 State Champions - Lassiter Girls 5A Swimming and Diving Team
  • 2009 State Champions - Wheeler Boy’s Varsity Basketball Team 5th state title
  • 2009 State Champions - Walton Girl’s Varsity Tennis Team
  • Wheeler High School baseball coach David McDonald elected to the National High School Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame
  • Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year from Blackwell Elementary, Stephanye Peek
  • Georgia Secondary Health Education Teacher of the Year is Lyn Savu from Pine Mountain Middle School.
  • Secondary Physical Education Teacher of the Year is Kristen Cross from Sprayberry High School
  • Salice Russom of Ford Elementary was also recognized as state winner for coordinating the most successful Jump Rope for Heart campaign
  • 2005 Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association (15th consecutive award for the District)
  • 2005 Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Association of School Business Officials (22nd award for the District)
  • 2005 Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association (25th award for the District)
  • 2005 & 2006 Gold Awards of Excellence – Georgia School Public Relations Association Publications, Photography and Electronic Media Awards
  • 27 Cobb schools won 2005 Single Statewide Accountability System awards from the Governor's Office and the Georgia Department of Education. These awards stem from Georgia's statewide efforts to go beyond the requirements of "No Child Left Behind" by pursuing a higher standard of excellence in student achievement. Schools are recognized for having the Greatest Gains in percentage of students meeting or exceeding standards, and for having 95 percent or more students reaching these marks.
  • Wheeler High School’s media program was named 2005 Exemplary High School Library Media Program by the Georgia Department of Education. The state bestows this title on one media center at each academic level, recognizing progressive efforts in delivery of media services to students and faculty.
  • 2005 Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award, National Purchasing Institute and the National Association of Educational Buyers
  • 2004-2005 Super System for Quality Schools, from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Donna Duke of Campbell High School was named 2004 K-12 Health Educator of the Year by the Georgia Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.
  • 2004 District Accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  • 2004 Pareto Award of Excellence in Public Procurement, from the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing