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Welcome to Cartersville Schools



The Tradition Lives . . . and it lives through the Cartersville City Schools. As a high-performing, family-oriented public school system, our mission is to prepare students with the knowledge and skills to live succesful and productive lives.  The cornerstone of this preparation emphasizes a partnership with the family and community. We believe that the inclusion of all stakeholders - faculty, staff, parents, students, and community - enhances opportunities for success and promotes a trusting and positive environment for each student.  We take our motto, “Making It Personal,” very seriously and it guides our operational approach to education. Cartersville has a longstanding tradition as an excellent school system and it is our desire and intent to continue to provide a quality education for each of our students.  We are a school system, not a system of schools.  Everyone in Cartersville is a Purple Hurricane, and we wear that mantle with pride and responsibility.

The Cartersville Board of Education has developed a Strategic Plan which emphasizes highest student achievement, effective communication, efficient operations, and accountability. This Strategic Plan provides the framework for all system personnel to use in focusing on planning and deployment efforts toward the system’s goals, and on reporting results. The plan provides clear directions for schools and departments to align their improvement efforts. It also provides a set of priorities that will be aligned with the resources in our continuous improvement efforts. Schools are expected to use the plan to build their individual school improvement plans, aligned with their resources and expected results. If you see ways we can improve our communication services to you, please feel free to email us and share your suggestions. Please send related emails to vdurham@cartersville.k12.ga.us or  lisa_bell@cartersville.k12.ga.us.

Our schools are designed to provide an age-appropriate, student-centered learning environment based upon challenging curriculum and high expectations. The theme of our vision statement "A Tradition of Excellence - Making It Personal" emphasizes the system’s commitment for excellence and the success of each student. This commitment starts with a rigorous curriculum designed to support the development of a healthy and accomplished student. It cultivates extensive knowledge and academic skills, a passion for learning, civic responsibility, and physical and emotional well being. The system also provides a vast range of extra-curricular activities designed to help students discover and develop individual talents and interests. Involvement in competitive sports, the fine arts, academic teams, civic clubs or service leadership promotes growth in character, enhances skill development, expands leadership opportunities, and compliments academic scholarship.

The city school system is comprised of four award-winning, high-achieving schools: Cartersville Primary, Cartersville Elementary, Cartersville Middle, and Cartersville High. Graduates of the Cartersville City Schools testify to the quality of program, the commitment to excellence, and the preparation for their future. This success is reflected in excellent state and national test results, a high graduation rate, and the caliber of the student moving on to post-secondary education or joining the work force.

Come, join the tradition!

System Charter

On July 1, 2010 Cartersville City Schools became Georgia's 9th Charter School System by entering into a contractural agreement with the State Board of Education.  Effective July 1, 2015 the Charter agreement was renewed for a ten-year period.  Being a Charter System gives the school system and its schools flexibility in operations in exchange for higher acheivement goals.  Click for details about Cartersville's System Charter.

Our Mission

A Tradition . . .
In preparing students for the challenges of progress and change
Through development of the skills necessary to become lifelong learners
In order that they may live successful and productive lives.

Our Vision

A Tradition of Excellence...                                                                               

                                           Making It Personal!

District Accreditation

Cartersville City Schools has been awarded District Accreditation Status through AdvancED, the leading accrediting agency in the world.  District Accreditation means that all 4 of the system's schools also have full accreditation.  The system hosted an External Review Visit in Fall 2011. To see the report of the latest Quality Assurance Review, CLICK HEREThe system is scheduled for its next review October 24-26, 2016.

AdvancED accreditation means the school system has:

  • Met AdvancED Accreditation Standards for Quality
  • Has implemented a continuous improvement process
  • Hosts an External Review every 5 years
  • Responds to any required actions

Our Core Values

Leaders set direction by creating a student-focused learning climate, provide clear and visible values, and establish high expectations.

Focusing on the purpose through consistency and alignment validates the system mission and gives direction to the system.

A passion for the success of each student is the most important driver of success for the school system.

All students are provided a learning-centered education which is based upon high expectations and a viable curriculum.

The rights of each individual (student, staff member, parent) are valued and each is held accountable for his or her respective responsibilities.

Systemic process improvement sustains the mission of preparing students with the knowledge and skills to live successful and productive lives.

All staff members bring value to the system through a commitment to teamwork, support, and a climate of collegiality and add quality to the educational process.

The inclusion of all stakeholders enhances the opportunity for success and promotes a trusting and positive environment.

Fundamental to a positive culture is the advancement of critical character traits such as respect, responsibility, citizenship, cooperation, caring, courage, perseverance, fairness, self-discipline and honesty.

System Profile

Student Population = ~ 4283 (Fall 2015)
Classroom Teachers = 275 (2016-17)
Budget = $ 37,386,400 (2016-17)
2016 Millage Rate = 16.52 mil
Average expenditure per student = $ 8656.74 (FY15)
Georgia Average expenditure per student = $ 8665.22 (FY15)
Average Daily Attendance = 96.5 % (2015-16)

[Updated July 2016]

Open Records Request

Cartersville City Schools has designated Richard Dyke, Director of Finance, as the the official to receive official open records requests.

Organizational Chart

Click here for the current System Organizational Chart.