Accelerated Reader Program List
The media specialist at each school can provide you with the approved list for the Accelerator Reader Program. You may also locate books online using the AR Book Find website.
After School Program Info
The After School Program is available at most elementary schools from the end of the school day until 6 p.m. The daily rate is $12 per day, per child if used by the week, $15 per child if used by the day. $20 for unscheduled drop-ins.
Certified Employee Salary Schedule
The most current Certified Employee Salary Schedule is posted on the Open CCSD page.
Contacting School Board Members
Please see the list of School Board Members and their contact information on our Board of Education page.
Custodian of Records
CCSD's Chief Communications Officer serves as Custodian of Records. All Open Records Requests, Requests for Production of Documents, subpoenas for records and other such legal requests should be directed by contacting this Office.
Directions to Schools/Offices
CCSD Dr. Frank R. Petruzielo Educational Services Facility:
1205 Bluffs Parkway
Canton, GA 30114
The address for each school can be found here in our directory.
Dress Code Info
The Cherokee County School District Dress Code may be viewed in Appendix A of the CCSD Student Code of Conduct.
CCSD offers online enrollment for all new students. Click here to learn more.
Learn more in Open CCSD about the power of a penny and the difference this investment has made in CCSD's schools, technology, buses and more since the community approved the 1-percent sales tax for schools.
Fine Arts Academy
The Cherokee Academies, which include STEM Academies, a Fine Arts Academy and STEAM Academy, provide kindergarten through fifth grade a climate of high expectation, discipline and academic rigor. Based on the Georgia Standards of Excellence (GSE), the comprehensive Fine Arts Academy program provides opportunities for students to develop a sense of craftsmanship, quality task performance and goal-setting skills needed to succeed in the classroom and beyond.
Georgia Lottery Pre-K for 4-year-olds is offered at Ball Ground ES STEM Academy, Hasty ES Fine Arts Academy, Holly Springs ES STEM Academy, Johnston ES Preschool, Oak Grove ES Fine Arts Academy and RM Moore ES STEM Academy. The application window for the 2023-24 school year lottery opens March 20 and applications are due by noon March 31. A lottery drawing to fill class rosters then will be held and parents will be informed promptly of their child's selection. More information, including a list of required documents, is available, is online here. Additionally, CCSD’s Ralph Bunche Center offers Georgia Lottery Pre-K classes, and holds its own lottery drawing. Please contact the school for additional information. 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 https://www.decal.ga.gov/Default.aspx. 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.
Student eligibility guidelines for gifted education services in Georgia may be found in State Board of Education (SBOE) Rule 160-4-2-.38 EDUCATION PROGRAM FOR GIFTED STUDENTS [Code IDDD(2)]. The Cherokee County School District’s Gifted Education Program follows these guidelines in its eligibility process. For more information on Advanced Academic Programs and Gifted Education Services, please see the Gifted Education FAQ page.
All parents receive a weekly attendance and grade report for their child via the email address(es) the parents provided to their child's school.
The School Board's High School Graduation Requirements Policy can be viewed in the CCSD Online Policy Manual.
Certificate of Immunization Form 3231 and Certificate of Vision, Hearing, Dental and Nutrition Form 3300 can be obtained through the:
Cherokee County Health Department
1219 Univeter Road
Canton, GA 30114
7545 North Main St, Suite 100
Woodstock, GA 30188
Forms may also be obtained through any pediatrician's office.
Inclement Weather Information
When the decision is made to close schools, the notice will be emailed to all parents and placed on the home page of our website. When school is closed for the day, all school activities for that day/evening are also cancelled. More information about the decision-making process may be viewed on the School Closure Decision Process page.
Jobs @ CCSD
For more information on job openings in the Cherokee County School District, please visit our Employment Opportunities page. Additional information about employment at CCSD can be found on our Human Resources pages here. For more information on Hiring Policies, please see the CCSD Online Policy Manual.
Kindergarten Registration Age
Children must be 5 years old on or before September 1 in order to be eligible for kindergarten, and 6 years old on or before September 1 to be eligible for first grade, according to Georgia law. If your child does not meet these criteria, you might check with the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) for information on 4-year-old programs. Additionally, the School Board's Admission/Enrollment Policy may be viewed in the CCSD Online Policy Manual.
Lunch is $2.45 for elementary students, $2.70 for middle and high school students, and $3.75 for student meals from the high school Grill Line. Breakfast is $1.60 for all students. Free and reduced price meals are available for eligible students; the online application for the 2023-24 year can be accessed through https://linqconnect.com/. A complete menu listing is available on our School Menus page.
Account Balance: You can access your child’s lunch account online through the app or website at LinqConnect . You can view the balance and add funds online. More information on Lunch/Meal Accounts can be found on the School Nutrition website.
Open Records Requests
Open Records Requests for Cherokee County School District records may be made by contacting the Office of Communications.
For more information, please see the Georgia Open Records Act.
Parent Square communication
Parents receive access to a ParentSquare account when they have indicated that they want to receive emails from the district. This is done during either online registration, Back to School Gateway or Express Gateway processes (depending on the time of the school year). If you previously chose that you did not want to receive emails, but now you do want to have an account, you may change that information using the Gateway process. From the CCSD homepage, go to the Parents & Community section and choose Forms & Updates. Once logged into the Gateway platform, under communication chose YES. If you experience any technical difficulties using ParentSquare, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Student Parking permits are handled at each high school.
Registering for School
CCSD offers online enrollment for all new students. Click here to learn more.
*If your child attended kindergarten at any CCSD elementary school last year, then he is automatically registered for the first grade at that school.
Renting a CCSD Facility
Community facility use requests must start with the school principal/worksite location supervisor. Depending on the nature of the request, there are rental fees, utility fees and custodial fees assessed for usage by an outside group. Please see the Facility Use Guidelines and Forms page for more information.
School Board Meetings
The Cherokee County Board of Education meets regularly at the Dr. Frank R. Petruzielo Educational Services Facility at 1205 Bluffs Parkway in Canton. For more information, please visit the Board of Education page.
School Board Policy
All School Board Policies may be viewed in the CCSD Online Policy Manual.
School Code Number for SAT
SAT registration information and school codes may be found on the College Board website.
You can apply for Student Reassignment by contacting the Office of School Operations. General school reassignments are considered each spring (apply Feb 1-March 1 for consideration). School Board Policy JBCC addresses questions regarding enrollment at a school outside your attendance zone; that policy can be accessed in the CCSD Online Policy Manual.
School Supply List
The current lists for all CCSD elementary and middle schools are online here as well as on each school's individual website; high school lists are provided by individual teachers if specific supplies are needed.
School boundary maps may be found on our Maps page.
Special Ed Evaluation
Cherokee County School District offers comprehensive Special Education services to eligible students ages 3 through 21 years old. Children from birth to age 3 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. For more information, please visit our Special Education page.
Standards & Curriculum
From the Georgia Department of Education: “The Georgia Performance Standards provide clear expectations for instruction, assessment, and student work. The performance standard incorporates the content standard, which simply tells the teacher what a student is expected to know (i.e., what concepts he or she is expected to master).” For more information, please see the CCSD Student Performance Standards & Curriculum Map page.
STEM Academies and STEAM Academy
STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math. STEM education integrates concepts that are usually taught as separate subjects and instead incorporates those concepts across classes, with an emphasis on applying those concepts to real-life situations. STEAM is STEM complemented by an integrated arts approach across the curriculum.
All School Board meetings begin at 7 p.m. Recognitions are one of the first items on the agenda (the “A” items), so plan to arrive 10-15 minutes early for parking and seating. For further details, as well as a map to the facility, please visit the School Board Recognition of Students page.
To request transcripts or other school records, please contact the Student Records Facilitator/Registrar for your school. Contact information may be found on the Faculty/Staff page of each school.
Bus routes may be obtained on the Bus Routes page. Please note that bus routes are not available over the summer. New bus routes are posted in late July, prior to the start of the new school year.