At Locust Grove Middle School in Henry County, middle school students choose their own options in coursework for meeting standards and move on to the next subject when they are ready. They do some of their work independently in large “flex labs” in order to create smaller than usual student-teacher ratios. 
Photo: BOB ANDRES / BANDRES@AJC.COM
Photo: BOB ANDRES / BANDRES@AJC.COM

Your guide to the 2017-2018 Henry County school year

Here are some important facts and figures to help navigate the Henry County school system.

Henry County schools begin Monday, July 31.

Schools will host open house events Thursday, July 27 for parents and students to meet teachers and complete paperwork. The open house for high schools are scheduled for 1-3 p.m., middle schools from 3-5 p.m., and elementary schools from 5-7 p.m. The open house event for Impact Academy, Henry County’s virtual school, is Wednesday, July 26 from 2-7:30 p.m.

Henry County Public Schools calendar:

  • First day of school: July 31
  • Fall Break: Sept. 18-22
  • Thanksgiving Break: Nov. 20-24
  • Semester Break: Dec. 25-Jan. 8 
  • Winter Break (includes Presidents Day): Feb. 19-23
  • Spring Break: April 2-6
  • Last day of school: May 25

Enrollment information: Henry County Schools enrollment forms and requirements

Bus routes: Henry County school bus information

Number of schools:

  • 28 elementary schools
  • 11 middle schools
  • 11 high schools
  • 3 charter schools
  • 1 virtual school
  • 1 college and career academy
The Henry County Board of Education has approved breakfast and lunch prices for the 2017-2018 school year.
Photo: For the AJC

Henry County Schools is the 8th largest school district in Georgia with 42,000 students. With 5,000 employees, it is also the largest employer in Henry County.

Student demographics as of Nov. 2016:

  • White: 32 percent
  • Black: 52 percent
  • Hispanic: 9 percent
  • Multiracial: 4 percent
  • Asian: 3 percent

Economically disadvantaged students: 54 percent

Graduation rate: 85.3 percent (2016)

School menus: Menus for Henry County Schools can be found on the district’s School Nutrition page.

School tax millage rate (2016): 20 mills

Budget (2017): $362 million 

Henry County School leadership

Current superintendent Rodney Bowler has served Henry County Schools for over 23 years as an educator and in leadership positions, according to his bio.

Bowler announced his retirement in April 2017, and the school board is working to select a new superintendent for the county.

Henry County Schools is governed by a five-member Board of Education elected to four-year terms. The public is encouraged to attend board meetings.

You can find information about your school, such as test scores, graduation rates and school climate rating at the Ultimate Atlanta School Guide.

In other back-to-school news:

First, set a budget and know exactly how much money you are willing to spend.

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