Marietta City Schools Named Georgia Charter System Innovator of the Year

June 29, 2016

ATLANTA)- Today, Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle hosted the 2nd Annual Charter System Foundation Awards Luncheon, highlighting the numerous achievements of Georgia Charter Systems. Marietta City Schools received the Charter System Innovator of the Year Award and was awarded a $10,000 grant from Comcast to further enhance their reforms.

“Georgia Charter Systems are truly the incubators fostering new innovations in our schools, setting the stage for what education will look like in the future,” said Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle. “Marietta City Schools could not be more deserving of this award as they actively remove barriers to success so that every student cannot only thrive, but graduate college and career ready.”

The Innovation Award recognizes the system that demonstrates instructional innovations at the classroom, school house, or system-wide level with a focus on unique programs that increase student interest and drive achievement. Chosen for their Graduate Marietta Student Success Center, Marietta City Schools created this one-of-a-kind program at Marietta City High School.

In partnership with 37 community organizations, the Graduate Marietta Student Success Center is providing its students with SAT/ACT/GED/ASVAB preparation, virtual learning labs, health and wellness services, career aptitude tools for stakeholders, job assistance for students and parents, mentoring, tutoring, probation services, DFACS investigation and case management, technology support at school and home and a diversion program offsetting out of school suspension. Furthermore, they have incorporated wrap around services for students and families such as educational classes for parents, college and career assistance for students, housing assistance, food and clothing pantries along with emotional health therapy both in and out of school.

Marietta City Schools, along with every other state approved Charter System, outperforms its traditional public school counterpart in every academic milestone. Of Georgia’s 180 school systems, 40 have been approved as Charter Systems by the State Board of Education.

Georgia Charter Systems have proven effective in addressing the specific and unique needs of individual school systems, embarking on new relationships between each board of education and their communities. Lt. Gov. Cagle has been steadfast in his commitment to embracing new education models where the school becomes an epicenter for community involvement, leading to greater levels of student achievement by increasing pathways to career success.

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