McDonough, Georgia is a traditional small-town county seat with an historical courthouse square located just 25 miles from Atlanta, one of the most dynamically growing urban areas in the the United States. McDonough, incorporated in 1823, is the largest city in Henry County. We are located 20 minutes from the Hartsfield Jackson International Airport.
The local public school seek to involve the entire community, and local branches of Clayton State University, Georgia State University and Mercer University offer opportunities for higher education. While frequently merchants in town that know you by name, you also have the convenience of the malls and mega store in McDonough, as well as the discount malls and upscale stores of surrounding cities. You can sit in amazement just as easily at the local performance at Henry County Performing Arts Center as you can at theaters and concerts in nearly Atlanta or Macon Sports events in abound in every direction; McDonough, Atlanta, Athens and Macon all hold a wide range of amateur, college and professional activities. With all of these attributes and its proximity to the Atlanta airport, it is easy to see why the McDonough area is one of the most appealing and fastest growing areas in the nation.
Henry County Schools
The Henry County Schools reputation for excellence is attracting record numbers of students with enrollment climbing yearly at rate of more than 8%. This amazing growth is a true testimonial to the quality of education offered to children in Henry County and to the school systems solid community support. With funding from a 2002 local one cent sales tax and bond referendum, the school system was able to open eight new schools. Voters approved a bond referendum in March 2004 that will fund an additional eight schools, purchase land for future school sites and renovate existing schools. A combination of local and state funds will be used to finance the planned projects.
As new schools are being built the focus of the school system remains on academic achievement. Challenged to meet high expectations, students are responding with success. Henry County’s 11 grade students scored better than most of their counterparts in metro Atlanta and well above state averages on the Georgia High School Graduation Test. Elementary and middle school students scored well on the Georgia Criterion Referenced Competency Tests, and above state averages in almost every area. Both students and staff receive state and national awards and recognition. The county’s 21 elementary schools serve students in kindergarten through grade 5. The elementary grades curriculum emphasizes the skills necessary for building a strong academic foundation. The instructional program includes language arts, mathematics, social studies, science, health, physical education, art and music. Elementary school hours are from7:55 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Because many families have parents that work outside of the county, the school system offers an after school enrichment program for grades K-5. The program is supervised and directed by certified teachers and lasts until 6 p.m. at all elementary schools. Henry County’s seven middle schools serve students in grades 6-8. Middle schools are designed to bridge the gap between elementary and high schools. Students are assigned to teaching teams who are responsible for teaching academic subjects which include language arts, mathematics, social studies, science, health, physical education and connections. The connections classes provide students with a wide variety of experiences. In six-week intervals students can explore technology, home economics, music, foreign languages, art and other areas. Middle school hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Henry Counts six regular high schools and evening academy serve students in grades 9-12. In addition to standard courses, the school system also offers high school students a sound Advanced Placement Program, special honors courses and a comprehensive vocational education program. In addition, all six regular high schools offer a nationally recognized Naval ROTC program. High school hours are from8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.