K-12 Education In Henry County
A quality educational system is a key component of any community’s quality of life infrastructure, and that is certainly the case in Henry County. Henry County Schools are committed to continuously reviewing and strengthening their academic programs to prepare students for high-skill, high-wage and high-demand careers.
With a population of approximately 42,000 students for the 2015-16 school year, Henry County Schools ranks as the 8th largest school system in Georgia. The district includes 50 schools: 28 elementary, 11 middle and 11 high.
With more than 5,000 employees on the payroll, our school system is also considered the largest business in Henry. Henry County Schools' “business” is about providing children with the skills and knowledge to compete in the 21st century; to this end, the system is committed to recruiting and training top quality professional and support staff.
Henry County Schools are accredited by the Georgia Accrediting Commission (to 2019) and by AdvancED/Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (to 2016).
The Henry County Board of Education is recognized as a “Quality Board” for meeting the governance standards of the Georgia School Boards Association (GSBA).
Henry’s students exceed standards and Georgia’s average in:
Grade 5 Reading
Grade 5 Math
Grade 8 Social Studies
Grade 8 Science
Grade 11 Writing
4-Year Graduation Rate = 84.1% (compared to Georgia’s 78.7%)
Academy for Advanced Studies (AAS)
In August 2013, the Academy for Advanced Studies (AAS) began serving students in grades 9-12 as a college and career academy. AAS has been approved by the local and state boards of education to operate as a charter program of choice. The mission of AAS is to ensure each student graduates high school with the knowledge, skills and attributes necessary for college and career success. AAS produces many benefits for students, employers and the community-at-large, including increased high school graduation and college enrollment rates, higher levels of academic attainment, stronger preparation for high-skill, high-wage and high-demand careers, and greater potential for local economic development.
Chamber Education Foundation (E2)
E2: Economics & Education, an initiative of the Henry County Chamber of Commerce, engaged more than 100 community stakeholders to identify key goals and strategies for ways in which the community, families, and schools can advance education and workforce development in Henry County. The Atlanta Regional Commission gave the 2012 CREATE Award to Henry County in recognition of this collaborative effort.
More than 350 businesses and community organizations have partnered with schools to support the educational success of students. Partners can help schools in many ways, such as mentoring and tutoring students, reading to classes, recognizing student accomplishments, helping with special events, and serving on advisory committees.
Thanks to the support of the business community, in the 2013-14 school year 397 students have gained valuable skills and experiences through the 145,577 working hours in the work-based learning program. Students earned $943,352.
Communities in Schools (CIS-Henry)
Henry County Schools are proud to be a partner with CIS-Henry. CIS, the nation’s leading dropout prevention organization, strives to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.