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In Cherokee County, there are a variety of flourishing educational options. From the Cherokee County School District, to excellent private institutions, Cherokee County offers both faith-based and non-religious primary through secondary education. The county is also home to Cherokee Charter Academy, a SACS accredited, tuition-free public charter school serving students in grades K-9. There are also many home-schooled students within the county with an extensive support system network.
The vast majority of children are part of the Cherokee County School District (CCSD), which serves more than 42,000 students. The CCSD is recognized as one of the top school districts in Georgia, and its schools and staff routinely receive state and national recognition for programs and performance.
- 42,200 students
- Ninth-largest school district in Georgia
- Cherokee County’s largest employer: 4,500 full-time, 1,000 part-time and at-will employees
- 42 schools and centers (23 elementary, 7 middle, 6 high, 6 centers)
- Cherokee Academies: 5 STEM Academies, 2 Fine Arts Academies(school choice program open to all Cherokee County families)
- Quality School System – District Re-Accreditation from SACS-CASI(AdvancED) for another 5 years in 2017.
- 1122 average SAT Score – 2nd highest in metro Atlanta – 2018
- 23 average ACT Score – 3rd highest in metro Atlanta – 2018
- AP (Advanced Placement) Test passage rate – 2nd highest in Metro Atlanta, 5th highest in Georgia – 2018
- All CCSD high schools named AP Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) or AP STEM Achievement Schools, and
for the first time, AP Humanities Schools. Creekview HS & Etowah HS additionally were named AP Merit Schools.
- Two-time National MAGNA Award Program honoree for innovation in education presented by American School Board. Awarded most recently for the initiative to expand STEM and arts education for Elementary School students.
- 1 of 11 school districts in the nation to be named Innovative District for 2018 by the International Center for Leadership in Education
2019 Distinguished School Board Award presented by GA School Board Association.
The Cherokee Charter Academy is a SACS accredited, tuition-free public charter school educating students in grades K-8. The Cherokee Charter Academy is a member of the Charter Schools USA family of schools and provides Cherokee County with a great neighborhood school of choice. The mission of Cherokee Charter Academy is to provide students with the necessary tools and skills needed to develop superior levels of achievement. They strive for academic, social and physical excellence by providing a quality and challenging curriculum while also promoting positive moral and social values, fostering an atmosphere of self-discipline in a safe learning environment, and maximizing individual productivity to meet the needs of a changing global society. CCA students are able to maximize their potential for successfully actualizing their goals with confidence and intrinsic motivation, thereby enabling each student to become a lifelong learner and strong functional contributor to their local as well as global community.
Cherokee Christian Schools, fully accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), offers a college prep with distinction curriculum which results in superior academics. Each kindergarten class can comfortably accommodate up to twenty students. Each kindergarten teacher is provided with a full time Teacher’s Assistant who enables the students to receive the individual attention required. Elementary, middle and high school classrooms are designed to accommodate up to 24 students; however, average class sizes have historically been less than 20 students. Elementary school teachers are provided with Teacher Assistants to help carry the load and attend to individual student needs when required. CCS teachers are degreed and certified. The faculty at CCS brings a wealth of knowledge and teaching expertise to the classroom with the schools’ average teaching experience per teacher being over ten years. CCS teachers have a passion for teaching, for their students, and for the Lord. Each year, the school’s academic excellence is confirmed when students are administered the Stanford 10 Achievement Test. CCS students consistently outperform county, state and national averages. CCS is recognized by the HOPE Scholarship program of the Georgia Student Finance Authority for eligibility of the HOPE Scholarship. Not only are CCS students eligible for the HOPE Scholarship, 74% of our graduates qualify for the HOPE Scholarship or other types of scholarships and awards.
CORE Community School serves students in grades 2-8 that have some factor(s) interfering with their success. They help their students to “know their own strength” by:
- Nurturing and developing our students’ academic, social, emotional, physical and spiritual wellness
- Providing a safe, supportive learning environment
- Developing perspective and compassion in our students through opportunities to genuinely connect with and give back to the community
- Helping students better understand and manage their own learning profile
- Guiding students to discover their identity, passions and purpose
- Empowering parents to be effective, accountable learning partners in their child’s life
Living Science Homeschool Study Center is a Christ-centered hands-on STEM study center for homeschoolers. The center provides interactive classroom teaching, multiday offsite science expeditions, and life changing leadership training for their students.
Lyndon Academy’s advanced college preparatory program is designed to educate the whole student. Starting in kindergarten, students are studying in multiple languages daily, advancing in mathematics, engaging in science projects, utilizing technology, participating in the arts, becoming active citizens, having fun with friends in clubs, and competing in athletics. Advanced education, college preparatory, honors and AP course combinations, education of the whole student, low student to teacher ratios, and low student to college guidance ratios are all part of the unique design that breeds excellence and success beyond 12th grade.
Mountain Education Charter High School is an evening, self-paced, public, high school that grants regular Georgia High School Diplomas. In addition to full-time students, they serve a population of students who take a class or classes part time and transfer the completed credit(s) back to the high school in which they are enrolled full time. MECHS has eighteen, 9th-12th grade sites throughout North Georgia that open year round and hold classes in the afternoon and evening, Monday-Thursday, from 4:00pm to 9:00pm. The curriculum is self-paced and mastery based, meaning that students progress through the course at their own pace, taking as much or as little time to satisfactorily complete the various course modules as is needed. As a result, no failing grades are given. Students work until they pass. The Cherokee County site is located at 6500 Putnam Ford Rd in Woodstock.
Chattahoochee Technical College (CTC), a Unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, effectively guides its students to success by providing them with “the Essentials” for quality employment, a pathway to additional higher education, and a greater quality of life for its graduates. To make this success possible, Chattahoochee Tech provides a high quality, easily accessible college education in programs of study that are needed by local businesses and industry. CTC also focuses on providing ongoing student support, networking opportunities and highly qualified instructors who are equipped with real-world industry experience. Two of the eight Chattahoochee Technical College campuses are located in Cherokee County, with one of these campuses located in the heart of downtown Woodstock and the other located in Canton. With 14,640 students enrolled at Chattahoochee Tech in Academic Year 2017, the Chattahoochee Tech campuses in Cherokee County accounted for more than 16 percent of the college’s total enrollment.
- Chattahoochee Tech is Georgia’s largest technical college, serving more than 14,000 students annually.
- Chattahoochee Tech has eight campus locations serving six counties – Bartow, Cherokee, Cobb, Gilmer, Paulding and Pickens counties. There are more than 1.2 million people in our six-county service delivery area.
- Chattahoochee Tech awards more than 70 certificates, diplomas, and associate degrees in 45 programs of study in the areas of Arts and Sciences, Business and Technical Studies and Health Sciences.
- CTC’s Dual Enrollment Program for Georgia high school students enrolled a record number of more than 1,000 high school students last year.
- Chattahoochee Tech Foundation awarded more than $60,000 in scholarships and grants to 56 students during the previous academic year.
- There were 674 total dual-enrolled students in Cherokee County in 2017
- For Fiscal Year 2017, the Canton Campus enrolled a total of 1,341 students while the Woodstock Campus had a total of 1,027 students.
- 2017 Enrollment: Canton: 1,341; Woodstock: 1,027; Total: 2,368
Reinhardt University, Cherokee’s only comprehensive university grounded in the liberal arts, was founded in 1883. This dynamic university offers more than 40 graduate and undergraduate degree programs. Reinhardt’s vibrancy and growth align with the private college’s philosophy of personalized attention. Students, alumni and faculty refer to the “Reinhardt experience”, which is reflected in a favorite campus saying, “How you live your life is even more important than what you do for a living.” Reinhardt has a residential campus in Waleska, GA., which offers intercollegiate athletics, clubs, leadership positions, religious organizations, service projects and internships. An adult education program and a Police Academy in Alpharetta, GA, as well as selected program offerings in Marietta, Cartersville and Canton, GA, appeal to working adults and graduate students. These programs feature information and skills that can be applied immediately, as well as convenient classes, simplified registration and professors with extensive real world experience.
- Fall 2017 Enrollment: 1,520 – Represents a 12% increase since 2015
- Undergraduate Students: 93.5% Graduate Students: 6.5%
- Top Programs: Business, Sports Studies, Biology, Education
- Athletics teams: 22 NAIA sports; 2017 National Champions in Men’s Lacrosse
- Student/Faculty Ratio: 12:1
- 44 Programs of Study with more than 60 concentrations
- 97% of Alumni land a job or start graduate school within six months of graduation
- New Program: Nursing
Located just over the county line is Kennesaw State University (KSU, the third-largest university in Georgia with more than 35,800 undergraduate and graduate students. Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), KSU offers 150 bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degree programs including undergraduate degrees in education, health, business, the humanities, the arts, science and math. The university’s graduate degree programs include nursing, business, information systems, conflict management, public administration, education and professional writing. KSU’s expanding higher education programs currently offer doctorates in education, business and nursing, as well as KSU’s first Ph.D program in International Conflict Management.
- Total enrollment: Fall 2017 – 35,846
- Size: 581 acres on the Kennesaw and Marietta campuses
- Total degree programs: More than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees
- On campus housing capacity: 5,200 beds in eight residence halls
- Number of alumni: More than 100,000
- Economic impact: $1.4 billion (based on a report by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, 2017)
- Athletic opportunities: 18 NCAA Division I sports
Overall, anyone trying to find the right career path, or develop a second path, would do well to consider training and education in Cherokee County. Whatever one decides to do for a living, Cherokee County provides excellent educational resources to help each student or worker achieve his or her dream.