How to Become a Teacher in Georgia

Teaching is a great way to use your passion and talents to contribute to the world. By choosing this career path, you can positively affect hundreds, or perhaps even thousands of lives! The following steps will help guide your journey toward becoming a teacher in the state of Georgia.

Choose What You Want to Teach

First, you need to think about where you want to teach. For example, would you like to see yourself teaching in elementary school? Would you like to be in special education? Answering these questions will determine some of the steps you take. The Georgia Department of Education and the Georgia Professional Standards Commission have guidelines for becoming a teacher in Georgia and choosing the right pathway for yourself.

Complete Your Education Requirements for Teaching in Georgia

In Georgia, the basic education requirements for becoming a teacher are obtaining a Bachelor's Degree (from a state approved teacher education program at a regionally accredited college or university), completing a teacher preparation program, and passing the Georgia certification exams. For a list of regionally accredited institutions, refer to the GA Department of Education's list of Approved Programs.

Most colleges and universities offer joint teacher education and Bachelor's Degree programs. In other words, you can earn your degree and teaching certificate simultaneously.

If you have not yet received a Bachelor's Degree, consider deciding on a college major based on the grade level and subject(s) you wish to teach. This is recommended but not required in Georgia. For example, you may pursue a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry if you wish to become a chemistry teacher. If you are not sure what to major in, a school advisor or counselor may assist you in deciding on the one right for you.

There are four main induction paths to becoming a teacher in Georgia depending on the level of education with which you are beginning. The main pathways for those with a Bachelor's Degree include:

  • Pathway 1: You've completed a GA teacher preparation program
  • Pathway 2: You've completed a teacher preparation program in a state other than GA
  • Pathway 3: You've completed a teacher preparation program in a state other than GA, or certified as a teacher in another state (with less than 3 years of experience), or certified as a teacher in another state and have meet the induction score (but not Professional) for the GA certification exams
  • Pathway 4: You've not completed a teacher preparation program but have been hired to teach in a GA school

For more information on these induction paths, consult the Georgia Professional Standards Commission's Induction section.

Alternative Teacher Certification in Georgia

Master's Degree in Teaching / Master's Degree in Education (M.Ed)

Another pathway to obtaining a certificate to teach in Georgia is the completion of an advanced degree program (e.g., Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Education). You may wish to do this while you do a teacher preparation program. If choosing this route, you may elect to take Induction Pathway 4 (listed above) which will allow you to teach for up to three years during your graduate studies.

Teacher Certification Programs

You can also do a "certification-only" program which does not lead to a degree (therefore, you should already have a Bachelor's degree) but does lead to GA teacher certification.

Georgia Alternative Educator Preparation Program

Yet another pathway is completing a GA alternative educator preparation program which can be completed if you have a Bachelor's degree and have been hired by the Local Unit of Administration (LUA). This pathway gives more flexible schedule options than a traditional teacher preparation program.

Pass the Required Tests for Georgia

After completing your education requirements, the next step to becoming a teacher in Georgia is to pass the required state tests.

Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE)

The following tests are required in Georgia for those wishing to become teachers:

  • Test I - Reading
  • Test II - Mathematics
  • Test III - Writing
  • Content Assessments (if required for your certification area)

At some colleges or universities you may have to pass some or all of these tests before entering or exiting a teacher preparation program. Consult with a program advisor or counselor to find out more about requirements.

Apply for your Georgia Teacher Certification

Application Requirements

You may obtain an induction certificate in by submitting an Application for Certification. Additionally, you must submit:

  • Official college transcripts
  • Verification of Lawful Presence Documentation
  • Employer Assurance Form

Contact Information

Georgia Professional Standards Commission
200 Piedmont Avenue SW
Suite 1702
Atlanta, GA 30334-9032
Phone: (404) 232-2500

Find a Teaching Job in Georgia

After completion of the above steps, you will be ready to positively affect the lives of many children in Georgia. You will be ready to begin your career as a teacher!

Public Schools

The state of Georgia has one official website for recruitment purposes, which is teachgeorgia.org. Using this site, prospective employees can easily view job opportunities and requirements as they're posted. The site is also a resource for recruitment activities around the state. Georgia is currently seeking candidates with certification in math, sciences, special education, foreign languages, ESOL, and Speech Language Pathology.

GAE and PAGE

The successful candidate may join a professional organization like the Georgia Association of Educators (GAE) or the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE). These organizations are not unions, but support and assist their members in a variety of ways.

Private Schools

Teachers who prefer an alternate education philosophy may seek employment with any of the state's 841 private schools, which serve almost 150,000 students at a ration of 10:1. Professional opportunities may vary significantly from the public sector.

Teacher Benefits in Georgia

Teacher benefits in the public system are comprehensive, and retirement pensions are offered through the Teachers Retirement System of Georgia, a subsidiary of the Georgia Department of Education

Teacher Shortage in Georgia by Subjects or Discipline (2014-2015)

The following list of teacher shortage areas in Georgia has been obtained from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education, Teacher Shortage Area (TSA) list for the 2014-2015 school year

  • Spanish
  • Special Education

Number of Public School Teachers By Grade

The table below lists the number of public school teachers in Georgia by grade level during the 2012-2013 school year.

Grade LevelNumber of Teachers
Pre-kindergarten & Preschool Teachers2,727
Kindergarten Teachers6,837
Elementary Teachers41,244
Middle & High School Teachers42,795
Ungraded Class Teachers15,763

Data obtained from the State Nonfiscal Public Elementary/Secondary Education Survey Data 2013

Number of Private School Teachers By Grade

There are more than 640 private schools with an estimated 11,600 private school teachers in Georgia. The table below details the number of teachers by grade level during the 2011-2012 school year.

Grade LevelNumber of Teachers
Elementary School Teachers3,536
Middle & High School Teachers625
Combined K-12 School Teachers7,472

Data obtained from the Private School Universe Survey (PSS) 2012

Continue Your Education and Professional Development

Classroom teachers and administrators are renowned in North America as being ready to engage in ongoing professional development. The purpose of the professional development system is to evaluate and improve student achievement, integrate classroom instruction, and help students move on to higher academic goals. There is no greater testament to an individual's commitment to self-evaluation and improvement than professional development. All groups of educators engage in PD throughout the course of their career. In addition to developing a necessary skills for today's evolving educational system, teachers who engage in professional development activities will likely earn more money and accreditations throughout the course of their career.

Professional Development in Georgia

In the state of Georgia, the Department of Education's professional development structure supports educators' commitment to their career and their students. Georgia teachers are required to create a professional learning plan to establish goals for professional development and a measure by which to apply what they have learned. Teachers in this state complete Professional Learning Units which are tracked statewide. As of 2015, Georgia has changed the structure of its professional development resources; teachers seeking professional development resources, courses, or assistance should check in with their Regional Education Service Agency for relevant professional development opportunities.

Employment and Teacher Salary in Georgia

Entry-level teachers in Georgia make an average salary of $33,664 for infusing children with passion and knowledge in over 30 subject areas from kindergarten to grade 12. All applicants are welcome to apply to the state to start their teaching career, but teachers who are certified to teach special education, sciences and math in the elementary and secondary panels may be given preference due to student need. Job-seekers are advised to apply to high-enrolment districts for best opportunities, like Gwinnet County Public Schools, Cobb County School District, and DeKalb County School District.

Total Employed

44,000

Salary Range

$44,970 - $71,800

Elementary school teachers have a salary range between $44,970 to $71,800 a year in Georgia. There are around forty thousand employed elementary school teachers. Read about what it takes to become an elementary school teacher.

Elementary School Teachers
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Atlanta, Sandy Springs, Marietta25,880$54,430
Augusta, Richmond County2,240$51,280
Columbus1,810$49,540
Savannah1,400$54,670
Warner Robins980$54,540
Athens, Clarke County920$52,670
Albany630$52,860
Macon470$50,450
Valdosta450$49,920
Brunswick440$52,010

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Elementary School Teachers (SOC Code: 25-2021)

Total Employed

1,870

Salary Range

$44,540 - $90,950

English teachers have a salary range between $44,540 to $90,950 a year in Georgia, with over 1,870 employed in the state. See details on how to become an english teacher.

English Language and Literature Teachers (College Professor)
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Atlanta, Sandy Springs, Marietta550$61,230
Savannah530$78,950
Albany50$46,790
Macon40$57,620

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for English Language and Literature Teachers (College Professor) (SOC Code: 25-1123)

Total Employed

22,520

Salary Range

$44,820 - $74,310

As a high school teacher in Georgia you can expect to make between $44,820 - $74,310. There are around twenty two thousand employed high school teachers. Take the next step and learn to how to become a high school teacher.

High School Teachers
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Atlanta, Sandy Springs, Marietta12,980$56,270
Augusta, Richmond County970$48,750
Gainesville720$56,780
Savannah490-
Athens, Clarke County490$52,630
Albany470$53,590
Dalton320$55,730
Macon300$48,540
Brunswick230$53,950
Valdosta180$51,340

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for High School Teachers (SOC Code: 25-2031)

Total Employed

520

Salary Range

$46,090 - $93,410

In Georgia, a history teacher's salary may range from $46,090 to $93,410. There are around 520 employed history teachers. Get more information about becoming a history teacher.

History Teachers (College Professor)
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Atlanta, Sandy Springs, Marietta200$69,850

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for History Teachers (College Professor) (SOC Code: 25-1125)

Total Employed

6,030

Salary Range

$43,580 - $71,280

Kindergarten teachers in Georgia, can earn between $43,580 to $71,280 a year. There are around six thousand employed kindergarten teachers. Read about what it takes to become a kindergarten teacher.

Kindergarten Teachers
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Atlanta, Sandy Springs, Marietta2,960$51,070
Augusta, Richmond County320$51,280
Columbus230$55,800
Savannah210$54,110
Athens, Clarke County160$48,290
Albany80$51,090
Valdosta80$47,760
Brunswick70$55,060
Rome60$60,770
Macon-$51,830

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Kindergarten Teachers (SOC Code: 25-2012)

Total Employed

96,060

Salary Range

$42,300 - $98,240

As a math teacher in Georgia you can expect to make between $42,300 - $98,240. Georgia is home to about ninety thousand math teachers. See our guide on how to become a math teacher.

Mathematical Science Teachers (College Professor)
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Atlanta, Sandy Springs, Marietta430$69,150
Gainesville100$40,190
Athens, Clarke County90$71,750
Augusta, Richmond County60$59,140
Albany50$45,180

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Mathematical Science Teachers (College Professor) (SOC Code: 25-1022)

Total Employed

3,380

Salary Range

$24,310 - $76,500

P.e. teachers have a salary range between $24,310 to $76,500 a year in Georgia. Georgia is home to about three thousand p.e. teachers. See our guide on how to become a p.e. teacher.

Coaches and Scouts
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Atlanta, Sandy Springs, Marietta1,850$43,450
Savannah220$39,150
Augusta, Richmond County210$35,890
Gainesville130$50,110
Athens, Clarke County100$97,960
Columbus100$44,350
Macon80$53,320
Valdosta70$46,200
Albany40$52,320
Rome-$37,820

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Coaches and Scouts (SOC Code: 27-2022)

Total Employed

10,960

Salary Range

$21,210 - $46,590

In Georgia, a preschool teacher's salary may range from $21,210 to $46,590, with over 10,960 employed in the state. See details on how to become a preschool teacher.

Preschool Teachers
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Atlanta, Sandy Springs, Marietta6,550$28,910
Augusta, Richmond County460$28,460
Macon370$26,880
Columbus360$28,160
Savannah340$32,100
Albany290$27,170
Warner Robins250$26,010
Valdosta190$23,590
Gainesville110$35,170
Hinesville, Fort Stewart110$38,860

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Preschool Teachers (SOC Code: 25-2011)

Total Employed

8,880

Salary Range

$33,040 - $114,160

As a school administrator in Georgia you can expect to make between $33,040 - $114,160. Georgia is home to about eight thousand school administrators. Take the next step and learn to how to become a school administrator.

Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare Center/Program
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Atlanta, Sandy Springs, Marietta1,130$48,770
Augusta, Richmond County60$57,350
Savannah50$48,200
Macon30$44,040

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare Center/Program (SOC Code: 11-9031)

Education Administrators, Elementary, Middle, and High School
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Atlanta, Sandy Springs, Marietta4,240$86,570
Augusta, Richmond County360$81,760
Savannah170$86,450
Columbus150$84,190
Athens, Clarke County130$85,350
Macon130$83,800
Gainesville130$86,060
Albany110$82,080
Dalton100$82,880
Brunswick80$83,760

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Education Administrators, Elementary, Middle, and High School (SOC Code: 11-9032)

Total Employed

6,040

Salary Range

$43,310 - $80,290

School counselors in Georgia, can earn between $43,310 to $80,290 a year, with over 6,040 employed in the state. See our guide on how to become a school counselor.

Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Atlanta, Sandy Springs, Marietta3,530$57,940
Augusta, Richmond County310$53,170
Savannah310$53,190
Macon190$52,640
Columbus140$57,670
Albany120$52,460
Athens, Clarke County110$52,480
Warner Robins100$43,850
Valdosta90$52,200
Gainesville80$62,790

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors (SOC Code: 21-1012)

Total Employed

3,850

Salary Range

$47,770 - $75,470

School librarians have a salary range between $47,770 to $75,470 a year in Georgia. Georgia is home to about three thousand school librarians. Read about what it takes to become a school librarian.

Librarians
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Atlanta, Sandy Springs, Marietta2,250$58,680
Augusta, Richmond County210$56,500
Savannah130$63,560
Athens, Clarke County120$57,420
Macon80$53,700
Columbus80$58,330
Gainesville70$52,160
Albany70$52,460
Warner Robins60$58,860
Rome50$65,670

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Librarians (SOC Code: 25-4021)

Total Employed

12,970

Salary Range

$41,010 - $73,720

In Georgia, a special education teacher's salary may range from $41,010 to $73,720. Georgia is home to about twelve thousand special education teachers. Interested in becoming a special education teacher?

Special Education Teachers (Preschool)
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Atlanta, Sandy Springs, Marietta300$49,800

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Special Education Teachers (Preschool) (SOC Code: 25-2051)

Special Education Teachers (Kindergarten and Elementary School)
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Atlanta, Sandy Springs, Marietta3,560$53,190
Augusta, Richmond County330$48,470
Columbus200$48,050
Athens, Clarke County150$54,020
Macon130$49,010
Albany100$54,510
Rome90$59,360
Dalton80$48,440
Brunswick70$53,500
Savannah50$59,180

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Special Education Teachers (Kindergarten and Elementary School) (SOC Code: 25-2052)

Special Education Teachers (Middle School)
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Atlanta, Sandy Springs, Marietta1,620$53,000
Augusta, Richmond County160$47,870
Dalton150$51,800
Albany70$46,990
Savannah50$51,790
Valdosta50$51,740
Macon-$53,400

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Special Education Teachers (Middle School) (SOC Code: 25-2053)

Special Education Teachers (High School)
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Atlanta, Sandy Springs, Marietta1,720$54,180
Albany140$51,440
Augusta, Richmond County110$47,050
Dalton60$50,090
Macon60$48,580
Brunswick50$56,620

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Special Education Teachers (High School) (SOC Code: 25-2054)

Total Employed

26,960

Salary Range

$17,180 - $26,440

In Georgia, a substitute teacher's salary may range from $17,180 to $26,440. Georgia is home to about twenty six thousand substitute teachers. Read about what it takes to become a substitute teacher.

Substitute Teachers
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Atlanta, Sandy Springs, Marietta13,000$20,900
Savannah1,710$21,100
Augusta, Richmond County1,330$17,130
Macon1,040$18,130
Athens, Clarke County1,000$17,030
Columbus770$21,690
Valdosta550-
Albany-$17,850

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Substitute Teachers (SOC Code: 25-3098)

Total Employed

30,190

Salary Range

$17,110 - $26,580

In Georgia, a teaching assistant's salary may range from $17,110 to $26,580. There are around thirty thousand employed teaching assistants. Interested in becoming a teaching assistant?

Teacher Assistants
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Atlanta, Sandy Springs, Marietta15,330$21,510
Augusta, Richmond County2,300$17,540
Columbus1,280$18,110
Albany900$18,760
Macon600$18,030
Athens, Clarke County560$18,090
Gainesville560$20,640
Warner Robins440$17,730
Brunswick390$18,800
Savannah380$21,820

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Teacher Assistants (SOC Code: 25-9041)

Top School Districts Supporting Teachers in Georgia

homepage_badge_topTeachers work hard every day and the more support they have the better they can succeed at inspiring our future. This is why Teacher.org has ranked school districts in Georgia that excel in supporting teachers inside and outside of the classroom. 148 school districts in Georgia were analyzed with the top 30 school districts being featured below. The school districts were scored on several factors which represent how well a school district supports their teachers.

For more information on school district rankings, see our methodology page: http://www.teacher.org/school-district-ranking-methodology.

Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 93.43
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 94.05
% Proficiency Score: 89.39

Publically funded, the Burke County School District is located in Waynesboro, Georgia and operates within the communities of Girard, Midville, Waynesboro, Keysville, and Vidette, offering programs for students from pre-kindergarten to grade 12. The district has 6 schools and employs about 350 classroom teachers to educate almost 4,500 students. This provides a classroom ratio of about 13 students per teacher. Burke County School System strives to ensure that all students will graduate with the necessary skills for a global society. Learn more by visiting the Burke County School District website at burke.k12.ga.us.

District Details
  • > 300 FTE Teachers
  • 3,000-4,000 Students
  • > 200 Total Support Staff
  • 86.9 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 87.17
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 86.54
% Proficiency Score: 94.56

Serving the communities of Clayton, Tiger, Sky Valley, Tallulah Falls, Pine Mountain, Mountain City, and Dillard, as well as surrounding rural areas. In addition to administrative offices in Clayton, the district operates 5 schools from pre-kindergarten level to grade 12, and employs approximately 150 teachers to educate more than 2,200 students. Rabun County teachers strive to educate every child for success in life. Learn more by visiting the Rabun County School District website at rabun.k12.ga.us.

District Details
  • > 100 FTE Teachers
  • 2,000-3,000 Students
  • > 100 Total Support Staff
  • 91.8 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 86.12
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 98.04
% Proficiency Score: 83.17

With a jurisdiction that includes the communities of Rebecca, Sycamore, and Ashburn, Turner County School District also serves the surrounding areas of Turner County, Georgia. The district employs about 100 classroom teachers throughout its 4 schools, and total enrollment is about 1,500 pre-K to grade 12 students. These figures give Turner County Schools a classroom ratio of about 15:1. The district is committed to providing innovative technological and academic initiatives to improve student achievement. Learn more by visiting the Turner County School District website at turner.k12.ga.us.

District Details
  • > 100 FTE Teachers
  • 1,000-2,000 Students
  • > 75 Total Support Staff
  • 81.0 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 83.96
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 80.73
% Proficiency Score: 98.19

Located in the northernmost part of central Georgia, Union County School District is headquartered in Blairsville. The district also serves the nearby community of Suches as well as surrounding rural areas. The district has 5 schools that offer programming at the elementary, middle, and high school grade levels. Altogether, the district's enrollment is just over 2,600 students; there are more than 150 classroom teachers employed by the district to meet student need, creating a ratio of about 14:1. Learn more by visiting the Union Community Unit School District 115 website at ucschools.org.

District Details
  • > 100 FTE Teachers
  • 2,000-3,000 Students
  • > 100 Total Support Staff
  • 95.4 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 81.03
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 89.95
% Proficiency Score: 87.79

With administrative offices in Elberton, Georgia, publically funded Elbert County School District serves the communities of Elberton and Bowman as well as surrounding regions of the county. The district operates a total of 11 primary, middle and high schools, and has an enrollment of more than 3,100 students. There are about 200 teachers employed by Elbert County Schools, creating a classroom ratio of 15:1. Learn more by visiting the Elbert County School District website at elbert.k12.ga.us.

District Details
  • > 200 FTE Teachers
  • 3,000-4,000 Students
  • > 100 Total Support Staff
  • 85.4 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 81.8
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 100
% Proficiency Score: 76.9

Publically funded, the Meriwether County School District has a student population of about 3,100 and employs 200 teachers throughout its 8 primary, middle and secondary schools. Serving the communities of Woodbury, Pine Mountain, Luthersville, Greenville, Gay, Haralson, Lone Oake, Manchester and Woodbury, the district also draws students from the surrounding rural areas as well. Meriwether staff has an unwavering commitment to ensure academic excellence through personal growth of each student. Learn more by visiting the Meriwether County School District website at mcssga.org.

District Details
  • > 200 FTE Teachers
  • 3,000-4,000 Students
  • > 150 Total Support Staff
  • 75.1 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 86.56
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 76.41
% Proficiency Score: 95.59

Stephens County School District has 7 publically funded schools that employ almost 300 classroom teachers to educate more than 4,000 students. Programming is available for students from pre-kindergarten to grade 12, and the district has a ratio of about 14 students per teacher. Every learning community throughout the entire district is empowered to be a school that is committed wholly to student success. Learn more by visiting the Stephens County School District website at stephenscountyschools.com.

District Details
  • > 200 FTE Teachers
  • 3,000-4,000 Students
  • > 150 Total Support Staff
  • 93.0 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 85.45
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 74.49
% Proficiency Score: 97.14

Located in the eastern suburban region of Atlanta, Georgia, Decatur City School District has a total enrollment of about 3,600 students from preschool to grade 12. The district employs more than 250 classroom teachers across its 7 schools, which creates a ratio of about 14 students per teacher. Decatur City Schools perform above national testing averages; the district strives to help students recognize their full potential as people both in the classroom and outside of it. Learn more by visiting the Decatur City School District website at csdecatur.net.

District Details
  • > 200 FTE Teachers
  • 3,000-4,000 Students
  • > 150 Total Support Staff
  • 94.5 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 76.15
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 82.55
% Proficiency Score: 97.16

With administrative offices in Springfield, Georgia, Effingham County School District serves the towns of Springfield, Rincon, and Guyton, as well as rural areas of Effingham County. Publically funded, the district has an enrollment of more than 10,000 students from pre-kindergarten to grade 12. With more than 700 classroom teachers employed by the board, the student-teacher ratio is about 16:1. Effingham Schools' mission is to provide a rigorous and relevant education in a safe and supportive environment. Learn more by visiting the Effingham County School District website at effinghamschools.com.

District Details
  • > 500 FTE Teachers
  • 10,000-25,000 Students
  • > 400 Total Support Staff
  • 94.5 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 74.46
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 86.25
% Proficiency Score: 95.08

Serving the communities of Cataula, Ellerslie, Hamilton, Hopewell, Pine Mountain, Shiloh, Waverly, and West Point as well as surrounding unincorporated areas of the Harris County, the Harris County School District has administrative offices in Hamilton, Georgia. The district employs more than 300 teachers throughout its 7 primary, middle, and high schools to educate the district's 5,100 students. These figures create a classroom ratio of about 17 students per teacher. The district is committed to ensuring that each student succeeds in academic life. Learn more by visiting the Harris County School District website at harriscounty.ga.schoolwebpages.com.

District Details
  • > 300 FTE Teachers
  • 5000-10,000 Students
  • > 200 Total Support Staff
  • 92.5 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 81.35
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 82.29
% Proficiency Score: 91.42

Headquartered in Blue Ridge, Georgia, Fannin County School District is publically funded and serves the communities of Morganton, McCaysville, and Blue Ridge as well as unincorporated areas of Fannin County. The district operates 5 schools that have a total enrollment of just over 3,000 and employ almost 200 teachers. Fannin County administrators and staff are committed to developing young futures by creating academic success today. Learn more by visiting the Fannin County School District website at fannin.k12.ga.us.

District Details
  • > 100 FTE Teachers
  • 2,000-3,000 Students
  • > 100 Total Support Staff
  • 88.9 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 90.59
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 76.96
% Proficiency Score: 86.78

Wilkinson County Public Schools form a publically funded district that lies to the east of Macon, Georgia. The district encompasses the communities of Allentown, Gordon, Ivey, McIntyre, and Toomsboro as well as surrounding rural areas. With programming available for students from preschool to grade 12, Wilkinson operates 4 schools and employs over 100 classroom teachers to educate more than 1,600 students. Wilkinson students and staff take pride in meeting challenges and turning them into learning opportunities. Learn more by visiting the Wilkinson County School District website at wilkinson.k12.ga.us.

District Details
  • > 100 FTE Teachers
  • 1,000-2,000 Students
  • > 50 Total Support Staff
  • 84.5 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 83.19
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 80.26
% Proficiency Score: 90.42

Located in southern Georgia, the Lanier County School District serves the city of Lakeland and its surrounding county of Lakeland. Within its 4 schools, over 1,400 students are instructed by over 120 teachers. The district maintains a student to teacher ratio of under 15:1. Community involvement and structured learning provide the students of Lanier County School District the ability to achieve at the highest level. Learn more by visiting the Lanier County School District website at lanier.k12.ga.us.

District Details
  • > 100 FTE Teachers
  • 1,000-2,000 Students
  • > 75 Total Support Staff
  • 87.9 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 84.68
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 75.14
% Proficiency Score: 93

Based in Danielsville, publically funded Madison County School District serves the surrounding communities of Ila, Royston, Hull, Comer, Colbert, and Carlton as well as students from the unincorporated rural areas around the communities. With 5 elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school, Madison County Schools have an enrollment of 4,700 children, and employ more than 300 classroom teachers to educate them. The district is committed to creating independent productive citizens through academics. Learn more by visiting the Madison County School District website at madison.k12.ga.us.

District Details
  • > 300 FTE Teachers
  • 3,000-4,000 Students
  • > 150 Total Support Staff
  • 90.5 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 80.4
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 80.9
% Proficiency Score: 89.84

Located in northwestern Georgia, just to the southwest of Chattanooga Tennessee, lies the Dade County School District. Through its 4 schools, the district serves over 2,200 students that are instructed by over 145 classroom teachers. The district maintains a student to teacher ratio of just over 15:1. WIthin its supportive community, the Dade County School District challenges its students to set goals and challenge themselves to complete them, then aim higher. Learn more by visiting the Dade County School District website at dadecountyschools.org.

District Details
  • > 100 FTE Teachers
  • 2,000-3,000 Students
  • > 75 Total Support Staff
  • 87.4 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 75.62
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 95.6
% Proficiency Score: 79.56

Based in Oglethorpe, Georgia, Macon County School District serves the nearby communities of Montezuma, Marshallville, Ideal, and Oglethorpe. The district has three schools that span pre-kindergarten to grade 12. Macon County employs over 100 classroom teachers to educate the district's 1,700 students, providing a classroom ratio of about 16:1. As with the rest of the state, Macon County School staff are committed to fostering a quality education for all students. Learn more by visiting the Macon County School District website at macon.k12.ga.us.

District Details
  • > 100 FTE Teachers
  • 1,000-2,000 Students
  • > 75 Total Support Staff
  • 76.8 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 77.39
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 85.68
% Proficiency Score: 86.81

Located in the southwest portion of the state, Colquitt County School District has administrative offices in Moultrie, Georgia, and includes the communities of Riverside, Omega, Norman Park, Moultrie, Funston, Ellenton, Doerun, and Berlin in its jurisdiction. In total, there are 14 schools throughout the district which employ over 600 teachers to educate more than 9,500 students. Colquitt School communities are committed to the daily pursuit of excellence in student achievement. Learn more by visiting the Colquitt County School District website at colquitt.k12.ga.us.

District Details
  • > 500 FTE Teachers
  • 5000-10,000 Students
  • > 400 Total Support Staff
  • 84.5 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 76.76
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 78.35
% Proficiency Score: 94.56

With administrative offices in Cleveland, Georgia, publically funded White County School District serves the community of Cleveland and nearby Helen. The district has 4 elementary schools, 1 middle school, and 2 high schools and houses over 3,800 students. The district employs about 250 classroom teachers, which creates a student-teacher ratio of about 16:1. Students in White County Schools are encouraged to do their best, academically and personally, every day. Learn more by visiting the White County School District website at white.k12.ga.us.

District Details
  • > 200 FTE Teachers
  • 3,000-4,000 Students
  • > 150 Total Support Staff
  • 91.9 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 78.99
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 77.15
% Proficiency Score: 93.5

Located in southeastern Georgia and serving Nashville and its surrounding communities is where the Berrien County School District calls its home. Within the district, over 3,200 students are instructed by over 205 teachers, giving the district a student to teacher ratio of just under 15.5:1. The Berrien County School District believes that each student, regardless of circumstances, deserves a high level of education. Learn more by visiting the Berrien County School District website at berrien.k12.ga.us.

District Details
  • > 200 FTE Teachers
  • 3,000-4,000 Students
  • > 100 Total Support Staff
  • 90.9 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 84.47
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 79.83
% Proficiency Score: 85.2

Located in southern Georgia, just to the northeast of Tallahassee lies the Thomasville City School District. This district's 5 schools serve over 3,000 students. This students are instructed by more than 200 classroom teachers, giving the district a student to teacher ratio of just over 14:1. Through its use of state of the art technology, the Thomasville City School District is able to provide a high level of instruction to its students within its safe and nurturing campuses. Learn more by visiting the Thomasville City School District website at tcitys.org.

District Details
  • > 200 FTE Teachers
  • 3,000-4,000 Students
  • > 100 Total Support Staff
  • 82.9 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 79.11
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 72.78
% Proficiency Score: 97.16

Publically funded, the Bleckley County School District serves the communities of Allentown and Cochran, Georgia, as well as the outlying rural areas of Bleckley County. Located centrally in the state and southeast of Macon, the district employs about 150 classroom teachers to educate 2,400 students in its 5 schools. Programming ranges from preschool to grade 12, and classroom ratios hover around 15 students per teacher. Bleckley County Schools' mission is to provide excellent educational experiences today for tomorrow's success. Learn more by visiting the Bleckley County School District website at bleckley.k12.ga.us.

District Details
  • > 100 FTE Teachers
  • 2,000-3,000 Students
  • > 75 Total Support Staff
  • 94.5 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 82.43
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 70.31
% Proficiency Score: 96.11

Jackson County School District is comprised of 13 elementary, middle and high schools that serve the town of Jefferson, as well as the surrounding communities of Talmo, Pendergrass, Nicholson, Maysville, Hoschton, Commerce, Braselton, and Arcade. Altogether there are more than 7,000 students enrolled throughout the district, and over 500 classroom teachers to educate them. This creates a classroom ratio of about 14:1. Learn more by visiting the Jackson County School System website at jackson.k12.ga.us.

District Details
  • > 400 FTE Teachers
  • 5000-10,000 Students
  • > 200 Total Support Staff
  • 93.4 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 81.53
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 76.89
% Proficiency Score: 90.37

Publically funded, the Tift County School District draws students from Omega, Phillipsburg, Tifton, Ty Ty, and Unionville into its 12 schools. Offering programming from pre-school to grade 12, student enrollment is about 7,900 students; the district employs more than 500 classroom teacher to provide students with a classroom ratio of 15:1. Students in Tift County schools are encouraged to be innovative and ethical learners as they prepare for the challenges of the 21st century working environment. Learn more by visiting the Tift County School District website at tiftschools.com.

District Details
  • > 500 FTE Teachers
  • 5000-10,000 Students
  • > 300 Total Support Staff
  • 87.9 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 76.79
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 79.49
% Proficiency Score: 92.48

Located in central Georgia, the Crisp County School District serves the community of Cordele and its surrounding communities. Over 270 teachers serve over 4,200 students within its 6 campuses. The district maintains a student to teacher ratio of just under 16:1. The Crisp County School District believes that learning is a shared responsibility between staff, students, and community. Learn more by visiting the Crisp County School District website at crispschools.org.

District Details
  • > 200 FTE Teachers
  • 3,000-4,000 Students
  • > 150 Total Support Staff
  • 90.0 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 92.73
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 62.34
% Proficiency Score: 93.5

Located south of Atlanta in Putnam County, Georgia, publically funded Putnam County School District services the communities of Eatonton and Willard as well as surrounding unincorporated areas of the county. The district has a total enrollment of 2,800 students from pre-school to grade 12, and employs more than 200 classroom teachers throughout its 5 schools. These figures give Putnam County schools a classroom ratio of about 13 students per teacher. Learn more by visiting the Putnam County School District website at putnam.k12.ga.us.

District Details
  • > 200 FTE Teachers
  • 2,000-3,000 Students
  • > 100 Total Support Staff
  • 90.9 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 80.04
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 77.54
% Proficiency Score: 90.92

Located in south central Georgia, and serving the community of Fitzgerald and the surrounding area, lies the Ben Hill County School District. its 5 schools employ over 210 classroom teachers serving over 3,300 students. The district maintains a student to teacher ratio of just over 15:1. The Ben Hill County School District understands that all children learn differently, and through a challenging curriculum its students can be high achievers. Learn more by visiting the Ben Hill County School District website at benhillcounty.schoolinsites.com.

District Details
  • > 200 FTE Teachers
  • 3,000-4,000 Students
  • > 100 Total Support Staff
  • 88.4 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 82.67
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 69.81
% Proficiency Score: 95.08

Located in southeastern Georgia, the Ware County School District serves the community of Waycross and its surrounding area. The district's 9 schools are home to over 6,000 students being served by over 400 classroom teachers. This gives the district a student to teacher ratio of just under 15:1. The Ware County School District strives to educate all its students to the standards of learning that allow its students to achieve their goals now and in later life. Learn more by visiting the Ware County School District website at ware.k12.ga.us.

District Details
  • > 400 FTE Teachers
  • 5000-10,000 Students
  • > 200 Total Support Staff
  • 92.5 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 73.5
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 86.6
% Proficiency Score: 87.28

Located in southwestern Georgia, and serving the city of Bainbridge and its surrounding communities, lies the Decatur County School System. Through its 8 schools, over 5,400 students are educated by over 320 classroom teachers. This gives the system a student to teacher ratio of just over 16.5:1. The Decatur County School System provides a nourishing environment for its students to achieve high levels of success to ready them for college or career. Learn more by visiting the Decatur County School System website at boe.dcboe.com.

District Details
  • > 300 FTE Teachers
  • 5000-10,000 Students
  • > 200 Total Support Staff
  • 85.0 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 100
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 54.38
% Proficiency Score: 92.52

With administrative offices in Camilla, Georgia, Mitchel County School District is publically funded and serves the communities of Baconton, Meigs, Pelham, Sale City, and Camilla as well as outlying rural areas. Student enrollment totals just over 2,500, and the district employs 200 classroom teachers for pre-kindergarten to grade 12 programming, creating a ratio of 13:1 in the classroom. Without exception, Mitchell County Schools foster academic success in a safe and supportive environment of growth. Learn more by visiting the Mitchell County School District website at mitchell.k12.ga.us.

District Details
  • > 100 FTE Teachers
  • 2,000-3,000 Students
  • > 75 Total Support Staff
  • 90.0 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 82.58
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 72.75
% Proficiency Score: 91.45

Located to the west of Savannah, the Evans County School District is based in Claxton, Georgia. The district provides a primary, middle, and high school for the students within its jurisdiction. With a total enrollment of just over 1,800 students, the district employs about 120 classroom teachers, which creates a ratio of 15 students per teacher. Evans County teachers, support staff and administration have a commitment to excellence for their practice and their students. Learn more by visiting the Evans County School District website at evans.k12.ga.us.

District Details
  • > 100 FTE Teachers
  • 1,000-2,000 Students
  • > 50 Total Support Staff
  • 88.9 Avg % Proficiency

Continued List of School Districts in Georgia

RankingSchool DistrictSchoolsTeachersOverall Score
#31 Greene County School District516982.18
#32 Monroe County School District526982.07
#33 Oglethorpe County School District416181.87
#34 Catoosa County School District1670481.66
#35 Bremen City School District413181.56
#36 Mcduffie County School District628381.48
#37 Tattnall County School District723581.46
#38 Houston County Schools391,83881.45
#39 Appling County School District723681.38
#40 Candler County School District413381.3
#41 Brantley County School District724381.24
#42 Commerce City School District410181.15
#43 Franklin County School District622781.13
#44 Telfair County School District311581.09
#45 Bacon County School District412981.08
#46 Banks County School District419881.04
#47 Irwin County School District311881.04
#48 Coffee County School District1349980.78
#49 Glynn County School District1979980.77
#50 Habersham County School District1447680.66
#51 Muscogee County School District602,14280.62
#52 Wilkes County School District412280.48
#53 Thomas County School District734480.48
#54 Rockdale County Public Schools181,04080.4
#55 Bulloch County School District1559880.32
#56 Oconee County School District1041280.21
#57 Marietta City Schools1360480.15
#58 Lamar County School District416780.01
#59 Social Circle City School District410879.94
#60 Screven County School District316379.75
#61 Thomaston-Upson County School District527579.69
#62 Dublin City School District717779.65
#63 Haralson County School District625979.64
#64 Jones County School System936779.53
#65 Mcintosh County School District410979.51
#66 Dougherty County School System271,01879.42
#67 Dawson County School District723279.36
#68 Grady County School District730479.3
#69 Jasper County School District413579.28
#70 Floyd County School District2069179.25
#71 Pelham City School District310379.18
#72 Camden County School District1257579.12
#73 Morgan County School District421878.95
#74 Butts County School District520978.91
#75 Wayne County School District (Georgia)834278.86
#76 Taylor County School District510178.84
#77 Walker County School District1562378.82
#78 Newton County School System251,26578.76
#79 Dalton Public Schools952578.71
#80 Jenkins County School District310378.67
#81 Jeff Davis County School District418378.53
#82 Early County School District317278.51
#83 Troup County School District2079378.45
#84 Jefferson City School District417078.45
#85 Coweta County School System291,41978.38
#86 Emanuel County School District928678.24
#87 Atlanta Public Schools1046,33078.21
#88 Lumpkin County School District525078.19
#89 Clarke County School District2196078.19
#90 Atkinson County School District411478.18
#91 Dodge County School District520978.12
#92 Douglas County School District361,59378.12
#93 Lowndes County School District (Georgia)1266778.05
#94 Columbia County School System311,40878.04
#95 Carroll County School District2690578.04
#96 Liberty County School District (Georgia)1564478.02
#97 Brooks County School District414278.01
#98 Carrollton City School District427177.97
#99 Bibb County Public School District451,52977.94
#100 Cook County School District421077.89
#101 Jefferson County School District620577.88
#102 Savannah-Chatham County Public School System582,57977.77
#103 Pierce County School District523577.64
#104 Whitfield County School District2286777.48
#105 Seminole County School District210577.44
#106 Griffin-Spalding County School District1964977.39
#107 Gilmer County School District727877.29
#108 Bartow County School District2194277.23
#109 Toombs County School District520877.16
#110 Pickens County School District727677.12
#111 Sumter County School District731877.1
#112 Crawford County School District412177.04
#113 Richmond County School System612,00677.04
#114 Valdosta City School District951976.82
#115 Worth County School District422276.61
#116 Marietta City Schools1156,97576.59
#117 Fayette County Board of Education281,29376.54
#118 Gordon County School District1143776.41
#119 Rome City School District1038876.4
#120 Pike County School District420676.35
#121 Long County School District518176.15
#122 Buford City School District424076.14
#123 Barrow County Schools1686875.99
#124 Henry County School District502,53975.78
#125 Lee County School District (Georgia)837175.52
#126 Murray County School District1143575.3
#127 Hart County School District622475.28
#128 Heard County School District513375.25
#129 Calhoun City School District421675.24
#130 Washington County School District419474.96
#131 Laurens County School District840874.93
#132 Vidalia City School District416374.65
#133 Atlanta Public Schools1053,65974.47
#134 Hall County School District331,68374.41
#135 Baldwin County School District (Georgia)737174.05
#136 DeKalb County School District1356,31673.98
#137 Walton County School District1583273.95
#138 Cherokee County School District412,31673.86
#139 Gwinnett County Public Schools13210,35773.82
#140 Gainesville City School District846773.77
#141 Polk County School District1146873.39
#142 Paulding County School District331,66673.13
#143 Bryan County School District1146073.08
#144 Forsyth County Schools362,37573.03
#145 Cartersville City School District426172.78
#146 Clayton County Public Schools633,09872.62
#147 Peach County School District823370.59
#148 Chattooga County School District618067.34

Data obtained from the Public Elementary/Secondary School Universe Survey