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About Barrow County School System

Vision

Barrow County School System: Boldly Committed to Student Success

Mission

Ensuring an exceptional education that leads each student to become a high-achieving and responsible citizen

Barrow County School System is the 24th largest school system in Georgia with 1,800 full- and part-time employees, including more than 900 teachers and other certified personnel, who work in 19 schools, programs, and administrative buildings. 

As a growing metro-Atlanta suburban community of about 81,000 residents, Barrow County is an hour east of Atlanta and 30 minutes west of Athens. Barrow County School System operates as a Charter System, which allows flexibility from many one-size-fits-all state education requirements. The charter system status enables our district to invest in BOLD innovative instructional practices and focus on "Building Our Learning Differently." 

During the 2019-2020 school year, approximately 14,400 students will attend classes in 9 elementary schools, 4 middle schools, 2 high schools and 3 innovative programs. 

In order to fully realize our student-centered vision and mission, Barrow County School System pursues strategic goals in three key areas:

Academic Achievement

Academic Achievement

Stakeholder Engagement

Stakeholder Engagement

Operational Effectiveness

Operational Effectiveness

We believe a quality school system ...

  • Provides a world class education in a safe and caring environment which assures each student’s success
  • Enhances individual student achievement through real-world experiences and active learning
  • Challenges students to exceed local, state, and national academic standards
  • Nurtures the total well-being, independence, creativity, and talents of each student enabling them to be postsecondary and/or workforce ready
  • Motivates students to develop exceptional critical thinking, reasoning, problem-solving and communication skills
  • Prepares students to be technologically literate
  • Develops continuous, collaborative relationships with students, parents, business partners, mentors and other community members
  • Respects diversity and promotes cultural understanding among all students and employees in every environment
  • Expects all school system employees to recognize that they are a major influence on our students

Building our learning differently