The emphasis of education for high school students in Newton County is preparation for life after high school. Through a range of intriguing and challenging courses, students find opportunities for critical and creative thinking, and vital skills for future success. Students may choose from many electives to pursue an interest in-depth, or sample subjects to focus educational and career interests. Strong instructional departments provide a solid educational foundation.

The NCSS high school program of study requires:



English/Language Arts






Social Studies


CTAE and/or Modern Language/Latin and/or Fine Arts


Health and Physical Education




All students are expected to complete a common set of requirements to earn a regular diploma. In addition, four courses (Algebra Concepts & Connections, Biology, American Literature, and United States History) require students to take state End of Course (EOC) assessments that count as 20% of the student's grade.

Gifted and Advanced Placement (AP) courses are important curriculum features for College Preparatory students. The Quest program for academically gifted students offers classes in language arts, mathematics, science and social studies. These classes are taught on an advanced/enriched level and parallel the regular school curriculum.

High school students who meet program requirements may also participate in Dual Enrollment. Dual Enrollment is designed to prepare students for college and career opportunities leading students to postsecondary institutions for an industry recognized certification or licensure, an associate and/or higher college degree, and successful employment. Students may enroll on a part-time or full-time basis as a Dual Enrollment student and take college courses on a postsecondary campus. Students will receive high school and college credit simultaneously when attending and passing approved college classes.

Currently, Newton County has more than fifty business partners in the Apprenticeship Program. This program provides students who commit to post-secondary education, the opportunity to receive work-based learning under a business partner mentor in his/her career field.

High school students may be involved in a wide variety of co-curricular programs, including drama, band, chorus, and visual arts. Students are offered civic, social, and service experiences beyond the classroom through a wide variety of clubs and organizations. The high schools of Newton County offer a comprehensive athletic program for secondary students.

Grade Reporting: Progress reports are posted each 4 ½ weeks. Report Cards are sent home at the end of each semester. Teachers schedule two conferences during the school year on early release days to discuss each student's progress with his/her parents. Other conferences are scheduled as necessary. Parents are strongly encouraged to use Infinite Campus, the system's online grade tracking program, whereby parents can access their student's grades, progress reports, attendance and discipline from any computer connected to the internet.

Ms. Shundreia Neely
Director of Secondary Education & Professional Learning 
770-787-1330 ext. 1122

Dr. Erika Ellis
Secondary Curriculum & Instruction Coordinator
770-787-1330 Ext. 1224

Ms. Kristen Bagwell
Secondary Curriculum & Instruction Specialist
(English/Language Arts)
770-787-1330 ext. 1223

Dr. Teresa Broadwater
Secondary Curriculum & Instruction Specialist
770-787-1330 ext. 1220

Dr. Vicki Meeler
Secondary Curriculum & Instruction Specialist
770-787-1330 ext. 1300

Dr. Sophia Seide
Secondary Curriculum & Instruction Specialist
(Social Studies)
770-787-1330 ext. 1299