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Your guide to the 2017-2018 Cobb County school year

Before the book bags hang again at Argyle Elementary School in Smyrna, learn a bit about the Cobb County School District.
Before the book bags hang again at Argyle Elementary School in Smyrna, learn a bit about the Cobb County School District.

Credit: John Spink

Credit: John Spink

You might have missed some things during the academic off-season in Cobb County.

There’s going to be a brand new building at Mountain View Elementary School and a new phase opening at the under-construction Walton High School.

And don't forget about the 24 new principals throughout the district.

If you are looking for more things you should know heading into the school year, which by the way is starting earlier than ever, check out the guide below.

Cobb County Schools 

Superintendent: Chris Ragsdale

Ragsdale graduated with bachelor's degree in information systems and a master's degree in educational leadership from Kennesaw State University. He served as the district's chief technology officer until 2014. Ragsdale was named superintendent in February 2015. Read more about him here.

Leadership: Cobb schools is governed by a seven-member board. Read more about its duties here. Board meetings may also be viewed online here.

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First day of schoolJuly 31

Breaks

Labor Day: Sept. 4

Fall break: Sept. 25-29

Student holiday/staff work day: Nov. 7

Thanksgiving: Nov. 20-24

Winter break: Dec. 21-Jan. 3

Number of schools

16 high schools

25 middle schools

67 elementary schools

2 independent charter schools

2 special education centers

1 adult education center

1 performance learning center/dropout prevention and recovery

School lunch menus

Find monthly menus, breakfast and lunch prices and nutritional information here.

Enrollment and information for newcomers:

Find more information, including help for Spanish speakers, here.

2016 school tax millage rate: 18.9

Student Demographics as of March 2017

White - 38.1%

Black - 31.2%

Hispanic - 21.3%

Asian - 5.5%

Multiracial - 3.6%

American Indian -

Pacific Islander -

Graduation Rate: 83.8% (2016)

Estimated percent of children in poverty: 17.4 percent, according to the U.S. Census

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

The first day of class for metro Atlanta schools really has gotten earlier. Cobb County students go back to school July 31. Atlanta's first day is Aug. 1. DeKalb, Fulton and Gwinnett start Aug. 7.