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When is the first day of school in metro Atlanta?

Public schools begin for students in early August

The first day of school for public school students in metro Atlanta happens well before Labor Day, with quite a few schools opening their doors on Aug. 1.

Students in Atlanta Public Schools and Fulton County are among the last to start back, on Monday Aug. 12. Rockdale County starts back to school on Monday, July 29.

Drivers, take note: Even if you don’t have a school-age child, these first days of school are almost certain to mean more traffic for your morning and afternoon commutes.  

Learn more in our county-by-county school stories:


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Start Dates for City School Districts 

Atlanta: Monday, Aug. 12, 2019. APS school calendar  

Buford: Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019. Buford school calendar 

Decatur: Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019. Decatur school calendar

Marietta: Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019. Marietta city school calendar

Start Dates for County School Districts 

Cherokee: Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019. Cherokee schools calendar 

Clayton: Monday, Aug. 5, 2019. Clayton schools calendar 

Cobb: Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019. Cobb schools calendar 

DeKalb: Monday, Aug. 5, 2019. DeKalb schools calendar 

Douglas: Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019. Douglas schools calendar 

Fayette: Monday, Aug. 5, 2019. Fayette County schools calendar 

Forsyth: Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019, Forsyth County schools calendar 

Fulton: Monday, Aug. 12, 2019, Fulton County schools calendar 

Gwinnett: Monday, Aug. 5, 2019, Gwinnett schools calendar 

Henry: Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019, Henry County schools calendar

Rockdale: Monday, July 29, 2019, Rockdale County schools calendar

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School buses will be back at work in August for the 2019-2020 school year in metro Atlanta. BOB ANDRES / BANDRES@AJC.COM
Photo: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

By Start Date

Monday, July 29, 2019: Rockdale County

Thursday Aug. 1, 2019: Decatur City, Marietta City, Cherokee, Cobb, Forsyth, Henry 

Monday, Aug. 5, 2019: Clayton, DeKalb, Fayette, Gwinnett 

Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019: Buford City, Douglas County 

Monday, Aug. 12, 2019: Atlanta Public Schools, Fulton County

School guide and information from the AJC

Find school test scores and more useful information about every metro Atlanta public school in the AJC Ultimate Atlanta School Guide. The AJC is also your source for local school news at ajc.com/news/schools/.

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