Cobb schools to give bus ridealong for parents and young students

Information you need for Cobb County schools' start

Cobb County schools open Monday, Aug. 1.

For first-time students, K-1 students along with their parents are invited to ride the bus on Friday morning, July 29, as a practice run before the first day of school. Buses will run at regular scheduled morning pick-up times, and parents and students should be at the bus stop at least five minutes early.

You can go here to find bus route information.

Here’s more information to help families navigate the Cobb school system.

Cobb County Schools

The Cobb County School District is the second-largest school district in Georgia, with 112,000 students and a budget of nearly $1 billion.

Cobb County is a growing and diverse school system that has been recognized for its music programs. The NAMM Foundation & American Music Conference named Cobb among the Best Communities for Music Education 12 times, and the system has more than 40,000 students enrolled in music elective programs: band, chorus, orchestra, general music, music appreciation, piano keyboarding, AP music theory, and guitar. More than 49,000 elementary students receive music instruction, and it offers a magnet program at Pebblebrook High School that offers specialized instruction in voice, drama and dance.

Superintendent: Chris Ragsdale

Ragsdale previously served the district as a deputy superintendent chief technology. He has also been responsible for planning and execution of capital projects approved by Cobb voters and funded by the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST). For more information, see:

Leadership: You can find information on school board members here:

Watch board meetings online at

First day of school: Aug. 1


Labor Day, Sept. 5

Fall break, Sept 26-30

Tues, Nov. 8, student holiday, staff work day

Nov. 21-25, Thanksgiving

Dec. 22-Jan 3, winter holiday

See the complete Cobb County school calendar at

School closings: How is the decision made?

Number of schools

16 high schools

26 middle schools

67 elementary schools

2 independent charter schools

2 special education centers

1 adult education center

1 performance learning center/dropout prevention and recovery

School lunch menus

Enrollment and information for newcomers:

2016 school tax millage rate 18.9

Student Demographics as of 2015

White - 39.0%

Black - 31.5%

Hispanic - 20.3%

Asian - 5.2%

Multiracial - 3.6%

American Indian - <1%

Pacific Islander - <1%

Graduation Rate: 81.4% (2015)

Estimate percent of children in poverty: 16 percent, according to U.S. Census.

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