Welcome to the Cherokee County School District!
Georgia Lottery Pre-K for 4-year-olds is offered at Ball Ground ES STEM Academy, Hasty ES Fine Arts Academy, Johnston ES Preschool, Oak Grove ES Fine Arts Academy and RM Moore ES STEM Academy. The application window for the 2021-22 school year lottery opens on Monday, Feb. 8, and applications are due by March 12. The lottery drawing will be on March 17.
More information, including detailed application information and the list of documents required for enrollment, is online here.
Space is limited and wait lists are common, but parents can search for available Lottery-funded Pre-K slots at private providers in their area at http://decal.ga.gov/ProviderSearch/PreK . The openings are updated in early September and then regularly throughout the year.
Ninth District Opportunity Head Start for income eligible 3- and 4-year-olds is offered at Ralph Bunche Center in Canton and Johnston Preschool Center at Johnston Elementary School in Woodstock.
Kindergarten and First Grade (new to CCSD only)
The Cherokee County School District is opening online registration for 2021-22 kindergarten students, as well as first graders new to CCSD, on Monday, February 8. CCSD’s Registration Gateway allows parents to log in from home via CCSD’s website and get enrollment forms filled out online, rather than filling them out by hand while waiting at a school office. Kindergarten registration at this time is solely for enrollment purposes and will not include a preference for face-to-face or digital instruction; enrolling your child ensures you will be kept informed of CCSD plans for any alternative models of instruction as they are announced.
Children who are turning 5 on or before September 1, 2021 are eligible for kindergarten, and children who are turning 6 on or before September 1, 2021 are eligible for first grade (registration for first grade is only necessary if a child has not attended a CCSD school the previous year). The online registration process takes about 15-20 minutes; parents will enter their own identification information, such as emergency contact names and phone numbers, which increases accuracy and eliminates redundancy. Required documents (birth certificate, proof of residency, etc.) will be brought to the follow-up appointment at the school, which the parent will schedule online as part of the Gateway process. In-person appointments will begin March 1. Virtual appointments will be available upon request if needed.
For more information about CCSD Kindergarten, including a video and a helpful guidebook, click here.
New Students in Grades 2-12
CCSD will open the Registration Gateway beginning Monday, Feb. 8 to pre-enroll all students Grades 2-12 who will be new to CCSD for the 2021-22 School Year, which begins Aug. 2, 2021. More information, including a list of required documents, is available online here. School boundary maps can be viewed here, or you can call 770.479.1871 to determine your attendance area. School registration at this time is solely for enrollment purposes and will not include a preference for face-to-face or digital instruction; enrolling your child ensures you will be kept informed of CCSD plans for any alternative models of instruction as they are announced. If you have difficulty using the Gateway, please reach out via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
All 23 CCSD elementary schools have full-day kindergarten. More information, including a list of required documents, is available online here. Learn more about kindergarten in CCSD by checking out Ready to Learn: A Parent’s Guide to CCSD Kindergarten (Spanish version- Listos Para Aprender- is here).
Special Needs Preschool
Children with special needs are eligible for services beginning at age 3. For more information on referring a child, please see this brochure on Child Find.
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Cherokee County School System Announces Child Find Efforts to Determine Eligibility for Special Education Services
Cherokee County School System offers comprehensive Special Education services to eligible students ages three through 21 years. Children from birth to age three with disabilities will be referred to appropriate agencies for services. All referrals are considered confidential, and services are provided at no cost. The parent, legal guardian, or surrogate parent retains the right to refuse services and is provided other procedural safeguards under federal and state law. Public school services include screening in the area of suspected disabilities, such as hearing, motor skills, speech, language and general development. Evaluations in the schools are provided for several areas of suspected disabilities, including learning disabilities, speech and language development, physical impairments, vision or hearing problems, mental retardation, emotional disturbances, autism/pervasive developmental disorders, health problems or traumatic brain injuries. A free, appropriate, public education with full continuum of services is available for all eligible children enrolled in the Cherokee County School System and for those students who are home schooled or enrolled in private schools and preschools, including religious schools. For more information concerning eligibility criteria and referral procedures, please the Office of Special Education at (770) 704-4315. The staff can answer questions or direct your call to the appropriate person. All referrals are considered confidential. The parent or legal guardian retains the right to refuse services and other procedural safeguards under federal and state law.