The next CHCS Governing Board Meeting is Monday, March 7, 2016, at 7:00 PM in Building J on the CHCS campus.
Please see the Governance Board page for an RFP for a POS system.
We are a free, open, public charter school serving Fulton County dedicated to inspiring K-6th aged children using arts, agriculture and the environment. We are located in Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia. It's just 25 minutes south of the Atlanta Airport. It's nestled in the woods in a mostly rural environment. Our scholars learn in classroom and in the open-air, through constant interactions with the natural world.
Being a student at CHCS means something different. It means being outside, challenging yourself, and learning not just from a chalkboard, but from the tall Georgia pines and the red Georgia clay. Our campus is composed of multiple building pods that can open up to the outside so that students can be immersed in nature.
We’ve been open for two years now, and we’re doing great. According to the Test of Basic Skills in 2015, we’re showing the greatest year over year gains of any school in Fulton County. In every single subject, Chattahoochee Hills Charter School is showing amazing growth for our students, and is the top school in our region.
How We Do It
We don’t teach to the test, we teach to the child. We have a great, dedicated staff and faculty that loves children, and we treat the outdoors like it’s both a classroom and a member of our faculty. Children spend a lot of their time outside on our campus, learning about the core subjects through the lenses of agriculture, arts, and the environment. In short, we think children are better learners when we cultivate a spirit of curiosity and exploration in them. We want them learning about trees by climbing them, not by looking at pictures of them on a computer.
We built our campus to accomplish this mission. At our school, kids aren’t lumped in a giant building with cinder-blocked rooms day-dreaming through a tiny window about the time they get to spend outside. Instead, our campus is dotted with small buildings with natural light pouring inside of the windows, and our teachers are encouraged to take our children out on the miles of trails that surround our campus to teach class.
The results are pretty astounding — we have high achievers at our school. Our kids get sick less. We have one of the lowest absence due to illness rates in the region. It’s because they get plenty of fresh air, and because our kids like coming to school. And because they come to school more, they get more of an education. It’s that simple.
Our curriculum is a bit different, too. We teach through integration — that often means that your child is learning Math without even knowing that they’re learning math. They may be learning math through playing a game in the woods, or through an art project or even a community service project. Do you remember in school, when you asked yourself “why am I even learning this?” We try to show our students why they’re learning it as a means to teach first.
Why Choose Us
We believe we’re one of the best schools in the region, and a great place for your child to grow and learn. If you’re interested in a tour, please call our front office to schedule one at (678) 466-7300. Or you can apply for enrollment here. Our Open Enrollment Period for 2016/17 is from January 1-January 31.