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Quality of Life: K-12 Education

The Douglas County School District is the 17th largest school system in Georgia with approximately 25,000 students and 3,400 employees. The District has four (4) high schools (a fifth high school will open in 2011), a Performance Learning Center, seven (7) middle schools, nineteen (19) elementary schools and one (1) charter school. In addition to the public schools, Douglas County is home to six (6) private schools known for their outstanding academics.

The Douglas County School District has active parent-teacher organizations and booster clubs. The District enjoys strong support from the business community, with more than 300 relationships between businesses and schools.

The District provides students with ample opportunities to excel while as students and post graduation. Some of the programs offered include:

Advance Placement (AP) Courses

All Douglas County high schools offer between ten and fifteen College Board administered AP classes. Students who earn AP credits may receive college credit and stand out in the college administration process.

College Enrollment Programs

High school students can earn college and high school credits at the same time through dual enrollment or earn college-only credit through the joint enrollment program.

Douglas County College and Career Institute (CCI)

The College and Career Institute (CCI) is a unique collaboration between the Douglas County School District, West Georgia Technical College and Douglas County Chamber of Commerce. The program is integrates academics and advanced technical career programs together.

CCI has the following mission and goals are as follows: In today's world, the preparation of an individual to become a vital member of the workforce and a productive citizen takes more than just a traditional K-12 education program. Only when educators seek nontraditional solutions and form partnerships with others who have a vested interest in the education of young people can there be an assurance that no student is left behind in today's society. The goal of the Douglas County College and Career Institute (CCI) is the establishment of a student-centered collaborative educational effort among members of the Douglas County School System (DCSS), West Central Technical College (WCTC), and the Douglas County Chamber of Commerce. The career academy shall be organized as a joint venture between the high schools in Douglas County and West Central Technical College. The goal of this joint venture is to integrate core academics and advanced career/technical education programs thereby encouraging high school students to achieve at a high level and to seamlessly begin to pursue post-secondary studies. This collaborative effort creates additional and enhanced opportunities for post-secondary education and workforce development. The mission statement is: "Ensuring a viable 21st century workforce."

International Baccalaureate (IB) Program

Douglas County High School is authorized by the International Baccalaureate Organization to offer the IB Diploma Program. The school received its official letter of welcome to the international community of IB world schools in April 2007. School year 2006-07 was the affiliation year for the school. 2010 is the date for the first class of Douglas County High School students to earn an IB diploma.

The International Baccalaureate Program offers a rigorous, comprehensive approach to learning. Syllabi and examinations incorporate global perspectives. The program is based on the concept that the upper secondary level education should encompass a broad range of subjects. These subjects accommodate diverse student interests and intentions while adhering to the objectives of a cohesive liberal education. Students will need to meet all requirements for a high school diploma for Douglas County Schools and for the International Baccalaureate Diploma.

The curriculum is designed to provide a broad liberal arts experience for the college bound student. Each student will become proficient in language and mathematics, the two most important tools of communication and analysis. The student will study human behavior and the process of educational inquiry. The educational experience will provide the student with a well-rounded, highly academic course of study, emphasizing the development of the total individual.

Participation in the International Baccalaureate Program begins with preparatory IB courses in the freshman year. The curriculum in the ninth and tenth grades emphasizes higher levels of thinking and critical analysis. Successful completion of the course work and examinations at the junior/senior level may earn credit or advanced placement at colleges and universities around the world.

The IB Program is designed for the academically able and highly motivated, self-disciplined student who is successful in all academic areas. Any Douglas County student may apply for admission to the IB program at Douglas County High School. Transportation will be provided from central pick-up points.

The program offers students enhanced learning opportunities as well as opportunities for significant credits accepted at the University level for students achieving sufficiently high IB test results. The program is recognized internationally and gives students advantages for scholarships and admission to highly selective Universities.