Students participate in Marietta City Schools’ math camp. The year’s classes start Aug. 3.
Photo: AJC file photo
Photo: AJC file photo

Your guide to the 2017-2018 Marietta City Schools academic year

For the 125th year, Marietta City Schools students are coming back to class. And this time it’ll be with a new superintendent.

The first day of school in Marietta those many years ago was Sept. 5, 1892 — compare that to this year’s start date of Aug. 3.

Back then, there were 733 students, according to the district. Now there are more than 8,900 students enrolled in the school system.

Top 10 elementary schools (one is in Marietta) on Georgia Milestones language arts

The district’s first superintendent was Joseph F. Stewart, and this year, his present-day successor Grant Rivera, will see his first day of classes as the school system’s chief.

Learn more about Rivera and what else is going on in the district below.

Marietta City Schools 

Superintendent: Grant Rivera

This will be the first full school year under Rivera, who took over after Emily Lembeck, who spent almost 12 years as the school system’s first female superintendent before retiring Dec. 31. Rivera comes to Marietta from the Cobb County School District, where he was chief of staff. He is husband to Jenn Hobby of the Star 94.1's Jeff & Jenn Show. You can read his resume and application below. 

Leadership: Marietta schools is governed by a seven-member board. Read more about its policies here. Learn about board meetings here

Dansby Swanson surprises his mom at the Marietta school where she teaches

First day of school: Aug. 3


Labor Day: Sept. 4

Fall break: Sept. 25-29

Student holiday/staff work day: Oct. 16

Thanksgiving: Nov. 20-24

Winter break: Dec. 21-Jan. 3 

School closings How is the decision made?

Number of schools

1 high school

1 middle school

8 elementary schools (one magnet)

1 alternative school

1 sixth grade academy

School lunch menus 

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

Your guide to the 2017-2018 Cobb County school year

Enrollment and information for newcomers: 

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

2016 school tax millage rate: 17.97 

Student Demographics as of March 2017

White - 18.9 percent

Black - 38.6 percent

Hispanic - 36.3 percent

Asian - 2.1 percent

Multiracial - 3.4 percent

American Indian - <1 percent

Pacific Islander - <1 percent

Graduation Rate: 75 percent (2016)

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

You can find information about Marietta City Schools, such as test scores, graduation rates, and school climate ratings at the Ultimate Atlanta School Guide.

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