Coweta County Education
|The Coweta County School System
With the opening of Coweta County’s newest school (Brooks Elementary, in northwestern Coweta) in the 2009-10 academic year, the Coweta County School System serves 23,000 students in 31 schools in one of the fastest-growing Georgia counties.Coweta County has three Georgia Teachers of the Year—more than any other state school system—and 13 Coweta County teachers have been selected as a semi-finalist, finalist or winner of the Georgia Teacher of the Year since 1986.Several Coweta County schools have been named State Schools of Excellence and national Blue Ribbon schools. In 2008, Northgate High School was named a School of Excellence for Georgia’s 8th District, placing it in the top 20 to 25 out of more than 1,800 public schools statewide. Arbor Springs Elementary School was named a 2007 Georgia School of Excellence, Arnco-Sargent Elementary School was a 2006 honoree, and Jefferson Parkway Elementary School was a 2005 honoree.Coweta County students’ average overall SAT score was 1515 in 2008, above the national average of 1511 and the state of Georgia’s average of 1466. Coweta County’s overall averages on the state Criterion Referenced Competency Test (CRCT) scores are consistently above Georgia averages as well. In 2008, Coweta students in grades 1 through 8 had higher average passage rates in 30 out of the 36 grade and subject areas covered by the exam.Coweta County Schools and the Coweta community are pioneers in developing charter schools in Georgia. In 1999, a partnership between the school system, West Central Technical College, and the local business community created the Central Educational Center (CEC), a career-and-technology based charter school. CEC was named a 2005 National Model High School, and it is the archetype for the Career Academy in Georgia, the fastest-growing charter school model in the state.
Coweta schools strive to offer a wide range of academic and extracurricular opportunities to meet the needs and ambitions of individual students. In addition to a wide range of Advanced Placement courses and athletic activities, The Centre for Performing and Visual Arts provides students and the community with a center of accomplished artistic programs, including performances and master classes with professional artists from outside the community. The Centre includes a 1,000-seat, state-of-the-art performance hall, recital and rehearsal space, and several visual arts galleries, and has become the nucleus of an expanding fine arts curriculum in Coweta’s schools, as well as a center of community life.
To keep up with the county’s growth, the community has supported three sales taxes for school construction and improvements since 1997. Welch Elementary School and Lee Middle School opened in August 2007. In 2008, Coweta’s three high schools—Northgate, East Coweta and Newnan High School—each opened new Ninth-Grade campuses to expand the capacity of each school and to provide dedicated on-campus facilities and programs for new freshmen students. In 2009, the school system’s next school–Brooks Elementary–opened on Jim Starr Road, in northern Coweta County.
For more information about Coweta County’s public school system, visit http://www.cowetaschools.org/. To inquire about employment, call (770) 254-2800. To inquire about registering a child in school, call (770) 254-5551.
Coweta County boasts several private institutions with excellent academic programs including the Heritage School and the Carolyn Barron Montessori School.
The Heritage School is a college preparatory, independent day school serving students from three years of age through 12th grade with a broad curriculum that stresses individual attention in a nurturing environment. Established in 1970, a primary goal at all levels of the school is the development of critical thinking skills. A rich array of educational options ensures that every student’s potential is recognized and challenged. For more information, call (770) 253-9898.
The Carolyn Barron Montessori School offers a sensibly structured system that allows students to develop at their own pace, using their individual abilities with the guidance of formally trained teachers and the use of specially designed materials. The Montessori classroom is tailored to the size, pace, and interest of the students. Named in memory of a beloved member of the Newnan community, the Carolyn Barron Montessori School strives to provide a carefully planned, stimulating environment that assists children in developing skills and ideas that are essential to creative thinking and learning. Programs for children age 18 months to 14 years are available. Call (770) 253-2135 for further information or visit the website at http://www.cbms.net/.
West Georgia Technical College
The College specializes in occupational preparation in the major areas of business information, trades and technical, health occupations, and personal services, and most programs can be completed in two years or less. For a detailed look at the programs of West Georgia Technical College visit www.westgatech.edu or call (770) 537-5740. West Georgia has campuses in Coweta, Carroll, Douglas, Haralson, and Troup counties.
West Georgia Tech administers Central Educational Center (CEC) in partnership with Coweta County Schools. This one-of-a-kind model program bridges the gap between high school, technical education and the workforce. High school students get training–and even college credit–to allow them to enter the workforce with the skills necessary to compete in today’s global economy, earning the pay and benefits that go along with being a trained worker. For a detailed look at current offerings of West Georgia Technical College at CEC, call (678) 423-2000 or visit http://www.westgatech.edu/ .
University of West Georgia, Newnan Center
The 14-acre campus was purchased from Georgia Power Company by the Coweta County Commission in 1998. Following an 11-year lease to the University of West Georgia, the ownership of the property will be transferred from the Coweta County Commission to the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia in mid 2009.
The Newnan Center offers university courses for students who want to begin and/or continue their education locally. During 2008, enrollment reached 3,400 in 174 credit classes. In addition to providing fundamental core curriculum classes, this center offers six graduate degree programs and two undergraduate degree programs. Master’s degrees in education are offered in Early Childhood Education, Middle Grades Education, Special Education, and Educational Leadership. A Master’s degree program in Business Administration meets once a week on Tuesday evenings and can be completed in 22 months. A Master’s degree in Criminology is now offered at the Newnan Center. The two undergraduate degrees offered are the Bachelor of Science in Nursing and the Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education. Two groups of nursing students have graduated from the UWG Newnan Nursing Program in 2007 and 2008. The first graduates of the Newnan MBA program received their degrees in May of 2009. The Newnan Center is also a test-proctoring site for students taking eCore and other online courses. For more information, visit http://www.newnan.westga.edu/.
Students may elect to begin or continue their college education at the Newnan Campus. All core curriculum classes are offered along with degree programs such as a Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in General Business, Management or Technical Management, a Bachelor of Ministry, and a Bachelor of Arts in General Studies. The college also offers online business classes for students to complete their BBA online.
For more information, call (770) 683-3245 or visit www.bpc.edu/Newnan.