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Middle and High School Curriculum Handbook 2024-25

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CCSD Secondary Schools

High Schools (9-12)

Cherokee High School
930 Marietta Highway
Canton, GA 30114

Creekview High School
1550 Owens Store Road
Canton, GA 30115

Etowah High School
6565 Putnam Ford Road
Woodstock, GA 30189

River Ridge High School
400 Arnold Mill Road
Woodstock, GA 30188

Sequoyah High School
4485 Hickory Road
Canton, GA 30115

Woodstock High School
2010 Towne Lake Hills S Drive
Woodstock, GA 30189


i-Grad Virtual Academy
8871 Knox Bridge Highway
Canton, GA 30114


Middle Schools (6-8)

Creekland Middle School
1555 Owens Store Road
Canton, GA 30115

Dean Rusk Middle School
2761 East Cherokee Drive
Canton, GA 30115

E.T. Booth Middle School
6550 Putnam Ford Drive
Woodstock, GA 30189

Freedom Middle School
10550 Bells Ferry Road
Canton, GA 30114

Mill Creek Middle School
442 Arnold Mill Road
Woodstock, GA 30188

Teasley Middle School
151 Hickory Log Drive
Canton, GA 30114


Woodstock Middle School
2000 Towne Lake Hills S Drive
Woodstock, GA 30189


Additional Secondary Programs

Tippens Education Center
2450 Holly Springs Parkway
Canton, GA 30115

C3 Academy
8871 Knox Bridge Highway
Canton, GA 30114

ACE Academy
8871 Knox Bridge Highway
Canton, GA 30114

Transition Academy
8871 Knox Bridge Highway
Canton, GA 30114

Georgia Graduation Requirements

Below are the current graduation requirements for Georgia public high school students who enter ninth grade for the first time in the 2008-2009 and subsequent school years. In order to meet graduation requirements, it is important to seek guidance from counselors, advisors and instructors regarding course selection and sequencing on an annual basis.


Areas of Study


I.  English/Language Arts


II.  Math


III.  *Science


IV.  Social Studies


V.  **Career, Technical and Agricultural Education (CTAE), and/or Modern Language/Latin, and/or Fine Arts


VI.  Health & Physical Education


Electives (4 units)




* The 4th science unit may be used to meet both the science and elective requirement.

** Students must complete three units in a pathway to complete a CTAE pathway and take an end of pathway assessment. Students interested in attending a University System of Georgia college/university must complete two years of the same foreign language to be admissible as a freshman.


Georgia High School Diploma Options

Diploma Type

Who Is Eligible?


High School Diploma

All Students

Students must complete attendance requirements, unit requirements and state assessment requirements


State-Defined Alternate Diploma

Students with  significant cognitive disabilities

Students who are assessed under the Georgia Alternate Assessment (GAA 2.0) and meet other State Board Rule requirements


Special Education Diploma

Students with disabilities assigned       to a special education program

Students with disabilities who have not met the High School Diploma requirements and do not qualify for the State-Defined Alternate Diploma but have completed their IEP goals


High School Certificate

All Students

Students who have not met the requirements of a diploma but have earned 23 units



Grading System

High School

The Cherokee County School District (CCSD) awards high school credits on a semester-based system.  Students earn one half (.5) credit for each semester course they complete and pass.  In general, students take six courses per semester, each worth one half (.5) credit, earning a total of three (3) credits.  The minimum required score to earn credit is 70. 

High school students receive grades each nine-week quarter. Unlike in elementary and middle school, grades only reset at the end of each 18-week semester.  High School grades for quarters one and three are used as midpoint grades to show student progress. 

Furthermore, quarter and semester grades are not averaged to create a yearly grade.  Only final grades at the end of semester one and semester two, as well as any summer course grades, will show on a student’s transcript.  

Middle School

Grading at the middle school level is similar to what students experience in elementary school.  Final quarter grades are awarded at the end of each nine weeks after which grades reset for the next quarter.  Students receive semester averages based on their quarter grades and then an overall yearly average for each course. 

Students participating in high school credit courses while in middle school follow the high school grading system which is based on semesters, not quarters, and does not include a yearly grade average.

Grade Level Progression

Students in middle school progress from grade level to grade level just as they do in elementary school.  Middle school students will be promoted, placed or retained dependent upon their ability to meet the student performance standards and core curricular competencies of the School District and State Board of Education Rules 160-4-2-.11, Promotion, Placement, and Retention and 160-3-1-.07, Testing Programs-Student Assessment, and State law.

Unlike grades K-8, students in high school progress through grade levels based on the number of credits earned in specific course areas as follows:

To be in…

Minimum core credit requirement

Minimum # total credits

10th grade

1 ELA, 1 Math, 1 Sci


11th grade

2 ELA, 2 Math, 1 Sci


12th grade

3 ELA, 3 Math, 2 Sci, 1 SS


More information on grading policies and grade level progression can be found in CCSD School Board Policy IHE – Promotion, Placement and Retention.

Course Placement and Selection Guidelines

High School

CCSD believes that every high school student should be informed prior to making course selection decisions.  For this reason, a list of CCSD course offerings and standard sequencing is provided to assist students and parents/guardians in making the high school experience pleasant, informative and, most importantly, successful. 

Initial placements for rising 9th grade students are determined using a data-based rubric tied to grades, Milestone assessment data and current middle school course placement.  Schools are able to make adjustments to the data-based rubric results, but all placement decisions are at the final discretion of the school administration.

Teachers of pre-requisite core courses (English, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies) are responsible for making appropriate course recommendations for the next school year.  Teachers in World Languages, CTAE, Fine Arts and Physical Education courses are also able to make recommendations for courses within those elective areas.  In making recommendations, teachers are encouraged to consider student interests, overall course load and placement guidelines.  Schools should review and share data with students and parents/guardians regarding student performance and student behaviors that indicate overall student success in advanced courses.

In determining placement for students who fall short of the criteria, overall aptitude demonstrated by the preponderance of evidence from past academic performance and teacher feedback should be considered, always bearing in mind what is in the best interest of the student.

Middle School

Initial placements for rising 6th grade students are determined using a data-based rubric tied to grades, Milestone assessment data, reading levels and math diagnostic information.  Schools can make adjustments to the data-based rubric results, but all placement decisions are at the final discretion of the school administration.  In subsequent school years, middle school students are “rolled” to the next course with recommendations for adjustment made as needed based on classroom performance and assessment data.

Middle school students experience a variety of Connections courses each year typically consisting of yearlong PE and a rotation through four other areas.  Some Connections courses, such as Band and Chorus, must be specifically selected by students in order to participate.    Opportunities to earn high school credit in math, science and select elective areas are offered in 8th grade.

CCSD Course Offerings

Academic Tracks and Programs