Addison Elementary School became Georgia’s first charter school in 1995, seven years after it first opened. It is located in Marietta and serves grades PreK-5.
3055 Ebenezer Road, Marietta, GA 30066
Phone: 770-578-2700; www.cobb12.org/addison
Principal: Ms. Karen C Crowder
Assistant Principal: Mr. Brad Cohen
Number of students – 557
Student/teacher radio: 13:1
- Clean Air School 2009-2010
- Outstanding Student Achievement 2009 Bronze Award
Parents of students at Addison are very involved with a 100% PTA membership and an average of 100 volunteer hours logged weekly.
Addison Elementary was named after Cobb County educator and businessman, Walter Pinkney (W. P.) Addison. According to the school’s website, the only schools in Cobb County in the 1920s were a few one-room school houses scattered over the county. Because Mr. Addison wanted a better educational system for his own children he worked with local businessmen to get funding and land for a new school that would include a classroom for every grade level and also include transportation – school buses. That school opened in 1927.
According to the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, charter schools are independent public schools that are free to be more innovative and are held accountable for improved student achievement. They foster a partnership between parents, teachers and students to create an environment in which parents can be more involved, teachers are given the freedom to innovate and students are provided the structure they need to learn.
There are currently more than 120 charter schools in the state of Georgia with nearly 35,000 students attending those schools. Read about other charter schools in the metro Atlanta area: Atlanta Preparatory Academy, Charles R. Drew Charter School, Chamblee Charter High School, Kennesaw Charter School, Dekalb PATH Academy , Dunwoody Springs Charter Elementary, KIPP South Fulton Academy, North Springs Charter School, and Walton High School. In Georgia, 83 percent (82.9) of Independent charter schools made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP, the national measure of student performance) in 2009 compared to 79 percent (79.1) of all traditional public schools. Also, 81 percent (81.1) of all charter schools made AYP compared to 79 percent of all traditional public schools.