Things to Know

CCPS is a fully accredited district through AdvancED – Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI). District status has, as of June 2016, been elevated to ACCREDITED.


CCPS data-driven decisions are focused on elevating student academic performance.


CCPS offers a focused, world-class program based on a challenging curriculum that is used from Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade.


CCPS classrooms feature comprehensive, integrated lessons taught by highly qualified teachers.

  • In 2012, Clayton County Public Schools implemented an Academic Achievement Plan, which serves as a road map for increasing student achievement. This plan establishes the underlying structure for building capacity by implementing sound, research-based instructional methodologies and using data to improve the performance of all students.
  • The school system is continuing to enhance its educational offerings by implementing a K-12 Fine Arts Magnet Programs at Jackson Elementary School, M.D. Roberts Middle School, and a state of the art Performing Arts magnet high school, M.E. Stilwell School of the Arts.
  • In addition to excelling in the arts, Clayton County Public Schools is highly recognized for its advances in STEM education. STEM, is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Rex Mill Middle School is the second middle school in the state of Georgia and the first school in Clayton County to be awarded STEM Program certification by the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE).


CCPS is recognized for improving student academic achievement.

  • Based on the Georgia Department of Education 2015 Priority and Focus Schools information, Clayton County Public Schools’ 15 previously identified Focus Schools met the criteria to be removed by demonstrating percentage point increases in Content Mastery and 2.5-points increase in the three-year average of achievement gap scores as evidenced by the College and Career Readiness Performance Index (CCRPI).
  • The district has been recognized for improving school climate through implementing Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) framework with fidelity in several schools. The implementation has resulted in improvement in student achievement through an evidence-based framework – with overall reductions in out-of-school suspensions and arrests.
  • The district has received notable recognition on the state, regional, national, international levels in the performing and visual arts. These recognitions include choral competitions, band exhibitions, local musicals, and artwork exhibitions.


CCPS instruction is Future Ready.

  • All instructional classrooms are equipped with 21st century digital classroom equipment that provides a customized learning environment to fit the specific needs of our students.
  • In 2015, Clayton County Public Schools (CCPS) established partnerships with Atlanta Public Schools (APS), Fulton, Atlanta Technical College (ATC), and the Atlanta Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce in creating a College and Career Academy to ensure the career ready success of graduates.
  • In 2015, Clayton County Public Schools (CCPS) announced its Theme School initiative – Morrow High School: Science, Mathematics, and Technology and Lovejoy High School: Mathematics and Computer Science. Theme schools will focus on specialized instructional plans for students and parents to be future ready. Future ready theme schools:
    • have a strong track record of improved attendance, credits, grades, and graduation rates among participants
    • increase academic performance and achievement
    • have students who are more likely to complete required credits for high school graduation
    • have students who are more likely to attend a 4-year college and complete a bachelor’s degree
    • double the rate at which high-risk students complete core academic curriculum
    • increase post-high school employment rates and raise wage earnings 8 years after expected high school graduation, especially among young men, without decreasing chances of going to college
    • respond to community interest in career and technical education


CCPS Programs provide opportunities that address Specialized Learning Needs.

  • Unidos Dual Language School, the first public dual language school in the state of Georgia, continues to provide English and Spanish instruction to students in grades K – 8. Students at Unidos meet and exceed standards while building their language skills to obtain fluency in two languages.
  • The Clayton County Juvenile Justice Fund Inc., System of Care—A collaboration of public and private agencies that work together to provide interventions and resources to keep youth in school and out of the juvenile court system. SOC provides school discipline alternatives to reduce suspensions, intervention options that focus on dropout prevention, and mental health solutions for families and youth in need.

CCPS has world-class learning opportunities in programs such as engineering, technology education, family and consumer sciences, and Junior Reserve Officer Training (JROTC).

  • Career and Technical Agricultural Education (CTAE) programs, including JROTC, prepare students for state and national competitions and build leadership and professional skills.
  • Over 15 CTAE programs across the district are industry certified. When a program became industry certified, it received a "stamp of excellence", which represents the apex of program quality. Only those programs that have successfully undergone rigorous reviews by leaders from business and industry are recognized with this distinction.


CCPS provides state-of-the-art facilities for community and district growth.

  • The Truett S. Cathy Professional Learning Center offers endorsement programs in gifted education, reading, ESOL Tiered and job embedded professional development year-long activities.
  • The district’s Performing Arts Center (PAC) provides a stage to meet the needs of the schools and provides a venue for performance of our fine arts students. The PAC boasts is a 6,000 square-foot auditorium stage with a seating capacity of 1,800. The auditorium features an electrically operated orchestra pit. There are also two performance rooms. Each is supported with professionally enhanced sound and lighting. The facility supports the M.E. Stilwell School of the Arts.


CCPS participates in community/business partnerships to enhance student learning.

  • STEM Lab at Rex Mill Middle School – Coca Cola
  • Student gardens at Mt. Zion Primary/Elementary – Kaiser Permanente
  • Family Health Center at North Clayton High School – Family Health Centers of Georgia and Emory Healthcare


CCPS is recognized in the state, the region, and the nation for excellence.

  • The district has been recognized by the College Board as one of two districts in the state of Georgia— one of 130 school systems nationwide—as a district that creates opportunities for traditionally underrepresented students. The Gaston Caperton Opportunity Honor Roll recognizes educators and administrators who excel in delivering opportunity to students by increasing access to stimulating courses to create a culture of success that will continue to grow and benefit students.
  • One year after being named a 2012 Georgia School of Excellence, Elite Scholars Academy (ESA) was named a 2014 National Blue Ribbon School. ESA was recognized in the Exemplary High Performing School category. To earn this specific distinction, a school must be among the state's highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests.

CCPS by the Numbers

Total Number of Campuses: 66

Primary/Elementary- 38
Middle- 15
High School- 12
Psychological Education Centers- 1

Total Number of Students- 55,034 (2018-19)

Male- 50.5%
Female- 49.5%

Asian- 3.5%
Black- 69.6%
Hispanic- 21.8%
Multiracial- 2.5%
White- 2%
Other- >1%

Cultural Diversity (2018-19)
22% Students speaking other languages
72+ languages spoken in the district

Employees (2018-19)
7,407 Employees
3,531 Teachers
63% Teachers with advanced degrees

Business Services
Budget- $688.3 million (FY2019)

3,493 Instructional Units (IU) (classrooms, gymnasiums, media centers, etc.) (July 2018) 7,985,653 Square footage of facilities (July 2018) School Nutrition
12,347,806 meals served (breakfast, lunch) (2017-18)

650+ vehicles owned and maintained (August 2018)
430 buses/367+ routes daily (August 2018)
51,888 students picked up AM/PM (August 2018)

5,678 students participating in Middle School and High School sports (2017-18)
19 sports offered by CCPS at the Middle School and High School levels