In 2017, the MCSD Board of Education worked closely with its
attorney Greg Ellington as well as the policy services arm of the Georgia
School Boards Association to undergo a full scale policy review and revision
The Student Handbook and Student Code of Conduct are designed to be in harmony with Board policy. Please be aware that the Handbook is updated annually, in keeping with Georgia laws, while policy adoption and revision may occur throughout the year as deemed appropriate by the Board of Education.
Changes in policy that affect student handbook provisions will be made available to students and parents through the MCSD website.
In case of conflict between any written documents and the Board policy documents available online, the provisions of Board policy or the Student Code of Conduct that were most recently adopted by the Board are to be followed. In the event of specific questions about the text or meaning of any Board policy language, please contact Ms. Karen Jones, Executive Assistant to the Board of Education / Superintendent, and she will be able to ensure that any questions are routed to the appropriate District personnel.
OPEN HOUSE sessions for Middle School and High School academy/magnet programs are scheduled throughout the fall, October 19, 2017 - December 12, 2017. Parents and students have the opportunity to learn about the different magnet programs, the application process, and requirements. All prospective students are required to apply and complete entrance criteria.
Out-of-County and Out-of-State students are not eligible to attend Columbus High School Liberal Arts Magnet, unless they are a resident of Muscogee County. There is an exception for Muscogee County School District employees.
| October 19 –December 12, 2017 || Middle and high school Open House sessions. |
| February 3, 2018 || Entrance criteria or exam for any prospective student must be complete. |
| February 3, 2018 || Only new students to the District are allowed to apply to an academy/magnet program after this date. |
| February 7, 2018 || Mail Acceptance or Non-Acceptance notification letter to parents/legal guardians. |
| March 2, 2018 || Parents/legal guardians are required to return enrollment forms acknowledging acceptance. No more application forms or entrance exams will be accepted or conducted for current enrolled students. |
Muscogee County School District
Middle & High School
Academy/Magnet Open House Schedule
| Middle School || Magnet Program || Open House Date(s) || Time || Contact |
| Arnold Magnet Academy || Math, Science and Technology || 10/24/17 || 6:00 || James Brooks Coordinator |
| East Columbus Magnet Academy || Gifted and Talented || 10/26/17 || 6:00 || Traveika Hunter, Coordinator |
| Fort Middle School || Service Learning Academy || 12/5/17 || 6:30 || Jessica Bowling Coordinator |
| Richards Middle School || International Baccalaureate |
| 11/8/17 || 6:00 || Kimberly Casleton, Coordinator |
| High School || Magnet Program || Open House Date(s) || Time || Contact Information |
| George Washington Carver High School || STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) || 12/12/17 || 6:30 || Victoria Neal, |
| Columbus High School || Liberal Arts Magnet || 11/14/17 |
| 7:00 || Priscilla Boswell, Coordinator |
| Early College Academy of Columbus || Early College || 12/7/17 || 6:00 || Michael Forte, |
| Hardaway High School || International Baccalaureate Programme || 10/30/17 || 6:30 || Ashley Snow, Coordinator |
| Jordan Vocational High School || Muscogee County Career Academy || 10/19/17 || 6:00 || Ben Braaten, Coordinator |
| Kendrick High School || Academy of Communication Arts and Design || 11/30/17 || 6:00 || Orithius Hardge, Lyndsey Smith, Coordinators |
| Northside High School || Engineering and Biomedical Science || 11/15/17 || 6:30 || Denise Fuller, Coordinator |
| Rainey-McCullers School of the Arts || Performing and Visual Arts || 11/16/17* || 6:30 || Briant Williams |
| William Henry Shaw High School || Mass Communications Academy || 11/28/17 || 6:30 || Kimberly White, Coordinator |
| William Henry Spencer High School || The Academy for Computer Science and Game Design || 11/02/17 || 6:15 || Sean Myers, Coordinator |
|Date:||October 3, 2017|
|Location:||Muscogee County Public Education Center (MCPEC) Board Room|
2960 Macon Road
Columbus, Georgia 31906
(Columbus, GA) – A Special Called Board Meeting is scheduled for the Muscogee County Board of Education on Friday, August 25, 2017, at 5:00 p.m. The purpose of the special called meeting is to discuss and possibly amend the 2018 Millage Rate based on the recent receipt of the final Property Tax Digest.
On Monday, August 21st, our community will have
the opportunity to experience an amazing event – a near total (90%) solar
eclipse, beginning at 1:07 pm and ending at 4:04 pm.
The Muscogee County School District wants you and your family to be well informed and safe as you consider participating in this event.
Early Dismissal for Elementary Schools – 12:00 pm
Although we will not experience a total eclipse, the darkest part is scheduled to occur during the normal dismissal time for our elementary school students. As a result, the District is releasing elementary school students at 12:00 pm (Noon) and at 11:30 am for special education and shuttle bus riders. All after-school programs at all schools will operate as normal.
Middle and High Schools – Regular Schedule
Middle and High Schools will remain open and on their regular school schedule. Extra-curricular afterschool activities for the middle schools and high schools will operate as normal, but outside activities will be moved inside until after the eclipse.
Student Absence/Early Check-out
All student absences and/or early check-outs on this day will be counted as excused, provided the absence has been pre-arranged and all required work is completed (students should confer with their teachers about assignments due that day). Parents who wish to pick up their students are requested to do so with ample time to get safely home or to an eclipse viewing location.
Permission Form for Outdoor Activities
Schools that are having activities where students may go outdoors to view the eclipse will be sending home forms requesting parent permission. Although schools will have safeguards in place, parental consent is still required. Students who do not have a signed consent form on file for this activity will be provided a different indoor instructional activity related to the eclipse.
About Gear Up
In October 2016, Georgia received its first statewide GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Potential) Grant. On behalf of the Governor’s Office, the University System of Georgia will administer the seven-year, $21-million-dollar grant awarded by US Department of Education.
The statewide project will serve over 12,000 high need students in over 40 schools.
In order to increase post-secondary access and success for students in these high need areas of the state, the project will employ two delivering services and activities models.
Baker Middle School, Eddy Middle School, East Columbus Middle School, Fort Leadership Magnet Academy, and Rothschild Middle School
(Columbus, GA)-A ribbon-cutting ceremony and guided preview of the new Rainey-McCullers School of the Arts is scheduled for Wednesday, August 2, 2017, at 4:00 p.m. at 1700 Midtown Drive. The 118,500 square foot, $36 million dollar project is funded through the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST). The state-of-the art facility is designed by Hecht Burdeshaw Architects, Inc. and constructed by Brasfield & Gorrie.
“While the school will certainly produce talented artists, its primary mission is to foster creativity and innovation to enhance whatever career field these students pursue,” said the Superintendent, Dr. David Lewis.
The new Rainey-McCullers School of the Arts provides instruction for up to 500 middle and high school students. It features dedicated space for band, chorus, orchestra, piano lab, black box theatre, two dance studios, 650-seat auditorium, art gallery, dark room, practice rooms, digital editing rooms, film edit suite, and film screening auditorium.
The school opens August 7, 2017, on schedule, to receive students in grades 6-10 for the 2017-2018 school year. Plans to add grades 11-12 over the next two years are also underway.
“We are extremely grateful to the citizens of Muscogee County for their support of the SPLOST, which funds this exciting addition to our school district and community,” added Lewis. “This school is yet another testament to our community’s commitment to progress, the arts and public education.”
A formal dedication program and open house is anticipated in the fall to celebrate and thank the community for this long-awaited vision that is now a reality.
For more information, email email@example.com .
The Governor’s Office of Student Achievement has developed and launched Words2Reading, a web-based literacy resource for families, caregivers, and teachers of children ages birth to eight.
The website, which is easily accessible on mobile phones, provides resources with easy-to-use learning tips and opportunities. GOSA has partnered with Georgia-based organizations and other high-quality providers to bring families, caregivers and teacher the best tools for to help increase language and literacy development and to increase school readiness and success. Additional quality resources will be curated and added continually as they are identified and tagged.
Words2Reading also provides an accessible opportunity for parents to subscribe to Ready4KGA, an evidence-based text messaging program for families of newborns to 5 years that is provided at no cost. Each week, subscribers receive fun facts and easy tips that can easily increase children’s learning.
Links to these sites have been placed on the Families and Students page.