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Fulton County Schools
Fulton County, Georgia
Fulton County Schools seal.png
District Profile
Superintendent:Dr. Robert Avossa
Enrollment:92,604 students
Graduation rate:70.1%[1]
Number of schools:107
Budget: $1.2 billion
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Linda Schultz
Board members:7
Term length:4
Fulton County Schools is a school district in Georgia that served 92,604 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[2] This district is the fourth-largest by enrollment in the state of Georgia.

About the district

Fulton County Schools is located in Fulton County, Georgia
Fulton County Schools is located in Fulton County, Georgia. The county seat of Fulton County is Atlanta. Fulton County is home to 984,293 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[3]


Fulton County outperformed the rest of Georgia in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 48.4 percent of Fulton County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 27.8 percent for Georgia as a whole. The median household income in Fulton County was $57,664 compared to $49,604 for the state of Georgia. The poverty rate in Fulton County was 16.8 percent compared to 17.4 percent for the entire state.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2012[3]
Race Fulton County (%) Georgia (%)
White 47.0 62.8
Black or African American 44.6 31.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.3 0.5
Asian 6.0 3.5
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.9 1.8
Hispanic or Latino 7.9 9.2

Presidential Voting Pattern, Fulton County[4]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote
2012 255,470 137,124
2008 272,000 130,136
2004 199,436 134,372
2000 152,039 104,870

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[5]


The superintendent of Fulton County Schools is Dr. Robert Avossa, whom the school board appointed to the position in June 2011. Prior to his appointment, Avossa earned a bachelor’s degree in exceptional education and behavior disorders and a master's degree in special education from the University of South Florida, along with a doctorate from Wingate University. He also graduated from the Broad Superintendents Academy. Professionally, Avossa has worked as a teacher, school principal, area superintendent and chief of staff. In Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in North Carolina, he served as the chief strategy and accountability officer.[6]

School board

Fulton County Schools is overseen by a seven-member board, all of whom are elected by geographic electoral district to four-year terms.[7]

Fulton County Board of Education
Member District Assumed Office Term Ends
Linda Schultz 1 2005 2016
Katie Reeves 2 1998 2018
Gail Dean 3 2001 2016
Linda Bryant 4 1993 2016
Linda McCain 5 2010 2018
Catherine Maddox 6 2006 2018
Julia Bernath 7 2000 2018

School board elections

See also: Fulton County Schools elections (2014)

Members of the Fulton County Board of Education are elected to four-year terms. Four seats were up for election in 2014 and three seats will be up for election in 2016.

Public participation in board meetings

The Fulton County Board of Education maintains the following policy on public testimony during board meetings:

The Fulton County Board of Education welcomes and encourages citizens to be involved and attend its meetings. Time is set aside at each of its regularly-scheduled monthly meetings to allow Fulton County residents, businesses or organizations, or school system employees to address the Board.

The Public Comment period is designed to gain input from the public and not for immediate responses by the Board to the public comments presented. While the Board cannot assure each speaker of a specific or individualized response, the Board will consider the public comments and any supporting materials provided by speakers.

The Public Comment period will end after 30 minutes, or when all speakers signing up to speak have been heard -- whichever occurs first.

Registering to Address the Board

Up to seven (7) speakers per meeting may address the School Board. Five slots are available by calling the Superintendent's Office (404-763-6890) no earlier than two weeks of the meeting and no later than noon of the meeting day.

The remaining two slots may be filled by speakers who place their names on a sign-up sheet at the meeting site before the meeting starts. The sign-in period is between 5:30 and 6:00 p.m.

If an individual is unable to attend the meeting after signing up in advance, he/she may appoint a substitute speaker by calling the Superintendent’s Office by noon of the meeting day.

Speakers will not be denied the opportunity to speak on the basis of their viewpoint; however, the public is urged to follow the school system's Issues Resolution Process before presenting issues or concerns to the Board through public comment.

Procedures for Addressing the Board

  • To ensure orderly pursuit of business and to provide opportunities for input, the Fulton County Board of Education has adopted these rules found in Board Policy BCBI. Failure to follow these rules may result in termination of the speaker's comments.
  • Speakers must have signed up to speak through the Superintendent's Office (404-763-6890) prior to the meeting or by registering on the sign-in sheet made available at the meeting location before the meeting begins.
  • Speakers should begin their comments by stating their name, connection, or interest in the Fulton County School System, and if so authorized, the organization they represent.
  • Speakers should be courteous and professional. The presiding Board officer may terminate public comments that are profane, vulgar or defamatory.
  • Speakers will be heard in the order in which they signed up.
  • Speakers have four minutes each and must stop speaking promptly when signaled.
  • Speakers may not address confidential student or personnel matters, but may submit such concerns to the Board in writing.
  • Speakers are encouraged to provide the Board with a written copy of their comments and other appropriate supporting documentation.
  • Individuals may split a time slot between multiple speakers only if all such speakers have signed up to speak and are announced at the beginning of the remarks.
  • An organization may sign up to speak by designating a spokesperson and one alternate who may speak only if the primary spokesperson is unable to attend.
  • Individuals who speak during Public Comment at the Work Session may only speak at the same month’s Board meeting if they address a different topic and if there are spaces remaining after all non-repeating speakers have signed up.[8]

—Fulton County Schools website, (2014), [9]


The table below displays the budget for Fulton County Schools:[10]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2013-2014 $643,767,041 54.9% $138,113,868 11.8% $368,738,100 31.5% $21,082,032 1.8% $305,379 0% $1,172,006,422
Averages: $643,767,041 55% $138,113,868 12% $368,738,100 31% $21,082,032 2% $305,379 0% $1,172,006,422

Teacher salaries

Fulton County Schools employed 6,085 PK-12 teachers during the 2010-2011 school year.[11] Teacher salaries are categorized based on higher education achievement and years of service. The salary schedule accounts for a graduate degree by providing a higher starting salary and a greater potential salary. The following table details the salary schedule set forth by the district for 2014-2015:[12]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
Bachelor's 40,308 64,464
Master's 44,748 71,544
Specialist 48,780 78,024
Doctorate 52,416 83,844

Schools in Fulton County Schools


Fulton County Schools served 92,604 students during the 2011-2012 school year. The district experienced a 7.4 percent increase in enrollment between 2007 and 2011. The following chart details enrollment in the district between 2007 and 2011:[2]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2007-2008 86,225 -
2008-2009 88,299 2.4
2009-2010 90,399 2.4
2010-2011 91,864 1.6
2011-2012 92,604 0.8

District schools

Fulton County Schools operates 107 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[13]

Fulton County Schools
School Name
Abbotts Hill Elementary School
Alpharetta Elementary School
Alpharetta High School
Amana Academy
Autrey Mill Middle School
Banneker, Benjamin High School
Barnwell Elementary School
Bear Creek Middle School
Bethune, Mary M. Elementary School
Birmingham Falls Elementary School
Brookview Elementary School
Cambridge High School
Camp Creek Middle School
Campbell Elementary School
Centennial High School
Chattahoochee High School
Chattahoochee Hills Charter School
Cliftondale Elementary School
Cogburn Woods Elementary School
Conley Hills Elementary School
Crabapple Crossing Elementary School
Crabapple Middle School
Creek View Elementary School
Creekside High School
Dolvin Elementary School
Dunwoody Springs Elementary School
Elkins Pointe Middle School
Feldwood Elementary School
Findley Oaks Elementary School
Fulton Science Academy High School
Fulton Sunshine Academy
Fulton Virtual Campus
Gullatt, C.H. Elementary School
Hapeville Career Academy
Hapeville Elementary School
Hapeville Middle School
Haynes Bridge Middle School
Heards Ferry Elementary School
Hembree Springs Elementary School
Heritage Elementary School
High Point Elementary School
Hillside Elementary School
Holcomb Bridge Middle School
Holmes, Hamilton E. Elementary School
Hopewell Middle School
Hughes, Langston High School
Independence High School
Ison Springs Elementary School
Jackson, Esther Elementary School
Johns Creek High School
KIPP South Fulton Academy
Lake Forest Elementary School
Lake Windward Elementary School
Lee, Seaborn Elementary School
Lewis, S.L. Elementary School
Liberty Point Elementary School
Main Street Academy (Lower Academy)
Main Street Academy (Upper Academy)
Manning Oaks Elementary School
McClarin, Frank High School
McNair, Ronald E. Middle School
Medlock Bridge Elementary School
Milton High School
Mimosa Elementary School
Mount Olive Elementary School
Mountain Park Elementary School
New Prospect Elementary School
Nolan, Love T. Elementary School
North Springs High School
Northview High School
Northwestern Middle School
Northwood Elementary School
Oak Knoll Elementary School
Oakley Elementary School
Ocee Elementary School
Ombudsman - North Fulton Campus
Ombudsman - South Fulton Campus
Ombudsman - Southeast Campus
Palmetto Elementary School
Parklane Elementary School
Randolph, A. Philip Elementary School
Renaissance Elementary School
Renaissance Middle School
Ridgeview Charter Middle School
River Eves Elementary School
River Trail Middle School
Riverwood High School
Roswell High School
Roswell North Elementary School
Sandtown Middle School
Sandy Springs Charter Middle School
Shakerag Elementary School
Spalding Drive Charter Elementary School
State Bridge Crossing Elementary School
Stonewall Tell Elementary School
Summit Hill Elementary School
Sweet Apple Elementary School
Taylor Road Middle School
Tri-Cities High School
Tubman, Harriet Elementary School
Webb Bridge Middle School
West, Evoline C. Elementary School
West, Paul D. Middle School
Westlake High School
Wilson Creek Elementary School
Woodland Elementary School
Woodland Middle School

Academic performance

The Georgia Department of Education administers annual tests to students in grades three through eight called the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT). These tests assess the proficiency of district students in five academic subjects including reading, English language arts (ELA), math, science and social studies. The CRCTs are designed to measure progress by students in topics covered by the Common Core State Standards. A student meets state proficiency goals with a score of 800 and exceeds state proficiency goals with a score of 850 or higher. The following tables detail the percentage of students who met or exceeded proficiency levels on the CRCTs during the 2012-2013 school year:[14][15]

CRCT Scores, Grades 3-5, 2012-2013[15]
Grade Subject District meets/exceeds standard (%) State meets/exceeds standard (%)
3 Reading 93.2 92.1
3 ELA 89.5 88.1
3 Math 81.5 78.5
3 Science 80.0 78.4
3 Social Studies 84.8 83.4
4 Reading 94.2 92.5
4 ELA 91.9 90.2
4 Math 88.1 84.3
4 Science 85.4 82.7
4 Social Studies 82.5 81.3
5 Reading 94.1 92.9
5 ELA 95.3 94.2
5 Math 90.2 89.5
5 Science 80.6 79.6
5 Social Studies 81.0 80.5

CRCT Scores, Grades 6-8, 2012-2013[15]
Grade Subject District meets/exceeds standard (%) State meets/exceeds standard (%)
6 Reading 97.2 96.0
6 ELA 93.5 92.4
6 Math 82.7 82.7
6 Science 76.5 74.0
6 Social Studies 80.2 77.5
7 Reading 95.6 94.7
7 ELA 94.0 93.0
7 Math 90.1 89.9
7 Science 86.6 85.2
7 Social Studies 84.8 82.7
8 Reading 97.7 96.8
8 ELA 95.4 94.3
8 Math 84.3 83.0
8 Science 76.3 74.0
8 Social Studies 81.4 77.9

Contact information

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Fulton County Schools
786 Cleveland Ave. SW
Atlanta, GA 30315
Phone: 404-768-3600

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