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About Georgia

About Georgia

Georgia has a Department of Education, a State Board, and a State Superintendent. The State Board consists of 14 members appointed to 7-year terms.

Education law and structure

Education law and structure

  • Education in State Constitution: Article VIII: Sections I-VII

  • Education in State Code: Title 20: Chapters 1-18

  • State Board Members: 14 Members; Appointed; 7-year term

  • Education Authorities: DoEd: State Board; State Superintendent

Education Leadership

Education leadership

  • State Governor: Brian Kemp

  • State Superintendent of Education: Richard Woods

  • Local school board members: The easiest way to contact your local school board members is to use an online search tool like XQ or simply look up your school district’s website online. There will almost always be a section of the district website listing the names and contact information of your local school board members. If their contact information is not listed, call your school’s office to request that information.

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Education Stats And Facts

  • The Georgia Department of Education reports that in 2021, there are 2,306 public schools in the state. Of those, 14 are K-12, 1,328 are elementary schools, 480 are middle schools, and 484 are high schools. There are 1,723,127 students enrolled in Georgia public schools with a graduation rate of 83.8% as of 2020.

    There are 115 state or locally-authorized charter schools in Georgia with 84,291 students enrolled. Separate from these individual schools, Georgia also has entire charter school systems, which are public school districts that have converted their schools into charter schools through a contract with the local district and the State Board of Education. This approach gives the schools more flexibility to be locally governed and held accountable. The state has 32 charter school systems with a total of 326 schools.

    Georgia also has 853 private schools (with 153,859 students enrolled); finally, the state runs the Georgia Virtual School program, an online option that parents may wish to consider as a supplement to public, private, or homeschool education.



Here we’ve collected links to additional resources so you can become better acquainted with your state system.