About Pike County Schools
Pike County is a Georgia Public School System located 60 miles south of Atlanta, serving over 3,500 students in Pre-kindergarten through Grade 12. Our school system consists of seven individual schools, plus a central office. Developing Creative Problem Solvers ready for college and career through a focus on critical thinking, creativity, communication and collaboration is our mission. We believe success in the 21st century depends less on what you know, and more on what you can do.
1. School District Beliefs
HOW DOES OUR DISTRICT BELIEVE WE CAN IMPACT STUDENT LIVES?
At Pike County Schools, we believe that:
- All students can learn and grow academically, socially, and emotionally.
- All students benefit from a rigorous learning environment characterized by the transfer of knowledge and skills to novel experiences over standardized test preparation and rote skill acquisition.
- Engaging in meaningful learning promotes student agency, voice, and choice.
- Learning must be made visible.
2. Core Values
RELATIONSHIP, OWNERSHIP, & INNOVATION
At Pike County Schools, we embrace the reality that in the 21st century, student success will ultimately depend less on what they know, and more on what they can do. That is, the ability for students to adapt in shifting work environments and excel in fast-paced, diverse communities will be critical to their long-term growth. To create a learning environment to facilitate these goals, we must
- Be relational,
- Take ownership, and
- Seek innovation.
3. Mission & Purpose
ENABLING STUDENTS TO ACHIEVE INTELLECTUAL FREEDOM
Freedom lives in Choice and Opportunities. At Pike County, we want all students to be free to live the life they choose, free from limitations and influence. We believe that freedom begins in the mind with independent and well-reasoned thought. The mission is to develop creative problem solvers, helping each student learn and grow throughout their lives to attain intellectual independence, and in turn enable them to excel in any endeavor they choose. The task before us as educators is to to teach students how to think-not what to think.
4. Our Portrait of a Graduate
WHAT SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES DO WE FOSTER IN OUR GRADUATES?
Pike County’s Portrait of a Graduate consists of five core competencies; Critical Thinking, Creativity, Collaboration, Communication, and Personal Responsibility. These competencies are necessary for a student’s success in college, in their career, and and in their overall lives. The Portrait of a Graduate serves as the District’s “North Star” with regards to how we structure our curriculum. Learn more on our Portrait of a Graduate home page.
What Makes Our School System Unique?
Creating Diverse Opportunity
Pike County is focused on the success of every student in our district. This means enabling students to follow a range of different paths and not subjecting them to “cookie cutter” curriculums. We pride ourselves on fostering the skillsets of a diverse and multifaceted student body.
We do this by providing specialty courses, curriculums, and experiences that range from computing and technology to farming and mechanics. Our goal is to ensure that by the time our students graduate, they have a strong understanding of what their skillsets, passions, and goals are.
Enabling Career Success
By encouraging critical thinking and diverse experiences among our students, we enable them to strongly set forth into their adulthood and succeed independently as they enter college, join the workforce, and become contributing members to our society.