The Douglas County School System
Central Administrative Offices
Douglas County is located 20 miles west of downtown Atlanta and encompasses 200 square miles of gently rolling foothills of the Appalachian Piedmont. It is bordered on the south by the Chattahoochee River, east by Cobb and Fulton Counties, north by Paulding County, and west by Carroll County. Douglas County's strategic location as the western gateway to Atlanta, and its proximity and ease of access to Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, make it an enviable place to live, work and play. Douglas County is a special place that blends natural beauty with urban convenience and amenities.
Student enrollment in the school district is approximately 26,000 students. There are 20 elementary schools (grades K-5), eight middle schools (grades 6-8), five high schools (grades 9-12), and two specialized high school programs. With approximately 3,500 employees, the Douglas County School System is the county's largest employer. Dr. Gordon Pritz is the superintendent.
New student registration is located at the Murray Educational Center, 4841 Highway 5, six miles south of Interstate 20.
Mission: The mission of the Douglas County School System is to provide a quality education for all students in a safe, supportive environment.
Vision: Our vision is to build a community of lifelong learners that become responsible individuals, independent thinkers, and productive citizens.
Goals: To improve community engagement and involvement in district initiatives and decision making; to enhance and improve school district communication strategies and practices; to provide a challenging, comprehensive instructional and curricular program for all learners.
Beliefs: We believe that we must... understand how children and adults learn and continue learning; build communities of lifelong learners; cultivate the leadership potential of every employee, student, and parent in our school system; be creative, energetic visionaries, who respond quickly to diverse and evolving issues; meet the needs of our stakeholders (students, parents, employees and community); maintain efficient and effective administrative processes for instruction, operations, human resources and sound fiscal management.
The Douglas County Board of Education approved the Douglas County School System Strategic Plan for 2016-2019 at the Board meeting on January 4, 2016.
We are pleased to present the 2015-2016 Annual Report which contains district information on revenue, expenditures, demographics, scores on state assessments, graduation rate, and SAT and ACT scores.