School Tours are available every Friday in December, January, and February (exception: the second Friday of January) at 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM. Please call the office at 678-466-7300 to make a reservation. Hope to see you soon!
Online registration for the lottery for available spaces for the 2017-2018 school year opens January 1, 2017 at 12:01 am and ends at 11:59 PM on January 31, 2017, on this website. The lottery will be held Wednesday, February 15, at 4:30 PM on campus.
Please see this week's Weekly Parent Update by clicking the "About" tab and selecting "Blog".
The next Governing Board meeting is Monday, January 9, at 7:00 PM in classroom F1.
The next Finance Committee meeting is Thursday, January 5, at 10:00 AM.
The next PTO meeting is Tuesday, December 13, at 6:30 PM.
Congratulations to Matthew Robinson, CHCS 2015-2016 Teacher of the Year, and Jessica Denton, CHCS 2015-2016 Classified Employee of the Year!
Congratulations to the following staff members for their new appointments: Rick Lennert (from Dean of Students to Assistant Principal), Jessica Denton (from Interim Director of Operations to Director of Operations), and Matthew Robinson (from Teacher to Director of Curriculum and Instruction).
Welcome to the following new CHCS Family members:
Gabrielle Selementi, First Grade Teacher
Amanda Stevens, Third Grade Teacher
Katie Baughman, Middle School Math Teacher
Crystal Demsky, Middle School English Teacher
Kristin Marietta, Middle School Science Teacher
Mary Ritchea, Music Integration Specialist
Matthew Barrow, Science Integration Specialist
Jennifer Hamlin, TAG Teacher
Macy Ott, Intervention Teacher
Erica Hayes, Intervention Teacher
Sharon Powell, Counselor
Cherrika Holloman, Title 1 Parent Liaison
Angie Whitaker, School Nutrition Assistant
Richard Hartmann, Custodian
Supply lists are on this website on the Parents tab (School Supplies sub-tab).
We will follow the Fulton County Schools calendar with the exception of the last day of school, May 25. For CHCS students, that will be a half day ending at 11:30 AM.
The calendar is available at: http://www.fultonschools.org/en/calendars/PublishingImages/2016_17_FCS%20CalendarFullColor.pdf A CHCS calendar for the year will be available soon.
SB-10 In-District Transfer Application Process
As a provision of the Georgia Special Needs Scholarship Program (GSNSP), parents of students with disabilities who receive special education services may choose to transfer their child to another public school in Fulton County. Parents can request a transfer to another public school as long as there is available space at that school and the school has a program with the services agreed to in the student’s existing individualized education program. Please click here for more information about the GSNSP in Fulton County schools and to access the online application form. The application window is March 1-May 1, 2016. Questions may be directed to the Services for Exceptional Children department email@example.com
We are a free, open, public charter school serving Fulton County dedicated to inspiring K-7th aged children using the 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 the indoor 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 lottery registration period for the 2017/18 school year is from January 1-January 31, 2017. The lottery will be conducted on Tuesday, February 14.