Questions about procedures or activities at a school are best
answered by calling the school. Telephone numbers for all schools,
departments, and administrative offices are listed in our
directory and the Dougherty County section of the BellSouth
Elementary schools (grades K-5) begin the day at 8:00 a.m. and
dismiss at 2:30 p.m. Middle schools (grades 6-8) begin at 8:15 and
dismiss at 3:15 p.m. High schools (grades 9-12) begin at 8:45 a.m.
and dismiss at 4:00 p.m.
All Dougherty County Schools are accredited by the Southern
Association of Colleges and Schools. They are accredited with quality
by the Georgia Accrediting Commission. Continued accreditation
involves periodic reevaluation by committees of outside educators as
well as self-study by the principal and school staff.
All students (grades 1-12) receive report cards every nine weeks.
Report card dates are listed in our
Kindergarten students are evaluated during the year to determine
their readiness for first grade. All other grades use the following
B = 80-89
C = 70-79
F = 69.9 and below
Breakfast is provided free for all students.
Lunch is $1.50 for all students and $.40 for reduced price lunches.
posted monthly on the school system web site.
Bus transportation is provided for students who live 1.5 miles or
more from their assigned school. Students new to the system should
call the Transportation Department at (229) 431-1265 for their bus
To enter a Georgia pre-kindergarten program, eligible* students
must be four by September 1. To enter a Georgia public kindergarten,
students must be five by September 1, and to enter first grade,
students must be six by that date. (*Please call the Pre-K program at
(229) 431-1290 for eligibility requirements.)
An official birth certificate must be furnished at registration.
Parents are asked to present verification of address in the form of a
utility statement. Students enrolling in Georgia
schools are requested to present an official copy of their social
security number. In order to attend a Georgia school, students in all
grades must have proof of immunization against eight diseases --
measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), diphtheria, whooping cough, tetanus (DPT),
polio and chicken pox. Georgia law also requires students to have eye,
ear and dental examinations. Health certificates are available from
physicians or from the Dougherty County Health Department at 1710 S.
Slappey Blvd. Children born after 1992 are required to have a HEP B injection. Students entering the sixth grade are
required to get a second dose of the MMR vaccine and are required to
prove they are immune to chicken pox. Students entering ninth grade
must have an adult tetanus shot for their immunization record to be up
Geographically, the school system covers a 326 square-mile area.
The system is divided into six districts, each represented by a
member. Dougherty County students are enrolled in schools according to
attendance zones, unless they are attending a magnet school. Students are required by law to attend school in the
zone in which their parents or legal guardians reside. Residents
who need information about school attendance zones may call the system's
Transportation Office (229) 431-1265 for assistance.
Yes. Interested parents should contact the superintendent's office
at (229) 431-1285 for tuition information and payment options.
The system offers the Extended Day Program for pre-kindergarten
through eighth grade students. It is open until 6:15 p.m. Before
school care is offered at 6:45 a.m. in many, but not all, DCSS
schools. Please call the Extended Day Office at
(229) 431-1280 for more information.
As part of the Safe Schools Plan, weekly unannounced searches of
middle and high schools are conducted. The school system enforces a
"zero tolerance" policy against weapons, drugs and alcohol on campus.
Individual schools under the School Improvement Plan have initiated
their own safety measures. These include fencing, cameras, and metal
All schools, including elementary schools, have at least one
counselor. The school system maintains a staff of social workers and
psychologists to meet student needs as well. The Exceptional Students
Program provides services to students with identified disabilities.
Oak Tree Psychological Program provides services for severely
emotionally disturbed and behaviorally disoriented students. Peer
helping, Student Assistance Support groups and Drug Prevention
Programs are available for students. Crisis Intervention Teams provide
assistance during emergencies and in critical situations.
Gifted education programs are provided for gifted-identified
students in grades K-12.