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Emanuel County Schools is a public, pre-kindergarten through the twelfth-grade school district that serves 4,079 students and comprises six schools and an Early Learning Center. 

Emanuel County Schools is a public, pre-kindergarten through the twelfth-grade school district that serves 4,079 students and comprises six schools and an Early Learning Center.  Swainsboro Primary School serves students in grades K-2 and includes a separate wing for Pre-K and Head Start, Swainsboro Elementary School serves students in grades 3-5, Swainsboro Middle School serves students in grades 6-8, Swainsboro High School serves grades 9-12, Twin City Elementary School serves grades PreK-5, and Emanuel County Institute serves students in grades 6-12. The system is the largest employer in the county and employs 658 employees - 365 certified staff and 293 non-certified staff.


The mission, vision, beliefs, and goals of Emanuel County School District were developed through a collaborative process, including district and school-level staff, parents, and community stakeholders, including representatives of businesses and industries. Our mission is to prepare and inspire all students for college and career success through personalized learning and relevant experiences. The vision of Emanuel County Schools is to strengthen our community one student at a time. They believe: a strong educational program is a foundation for a thriving and progressive community; meeting educational needs requires the active participation and support of home, school, and community; everyone is unique, worthy, and capable of learning and achieving success; learning is a life-long process; and everyone is entitled to a safe and secure learning environment. With recent community-based planning efforts and input, Emanuel County Schools believes that this level of planning ensures long-term success for our students, schools, and community. 


Among current strategic goal areas are the following: 

Increase student achievement and success. This includes promoting workforce readiness and collaborating with businesses to identify and develop a plan for essential skill instruction.  The schools’ CTAE lab classes are teaching real-world career skills to students using state-of-the-art, high-tech equipment used in business and industry.

Also included in this goal is a Literacy Initiative.  At each of the K–5 schools this term, coaches with reading specialist credentials were added as part of Emanuel County Schools' efforts to improve literacy skills. Additionally, steps have been taken to help at-risk children with early reading programs. All kindergarten students are evaluated in accordance with Senate Bill 48, and additional screening procedures and early intervention strategies are being established for students who are recognized as at-risk in grades 1-3. Emanuel County Schools is specifically working to ensure phonemic awareness at the K–2 level using a systematic literacy strategy. For students in grades 3-5, a balanced literacy approach is employed, and organized literacy support is offered for those who require intervention.  Increase family and community engagement. The objectives are to increase effective communication with all stakeholders, develop and sustain meaningful educational partnerships, and increase workforce collaboration.  Recruit, support, and retain a high-quality workforce.  Support and provide social and emotional well-being of staff and students.  Operate efficiently and effectively.


Emanuel County Schools contribute to the community in various ways.   The school system is incredibly proud of its student organizations for actively participating in community service.  Among some of their many worthwhile contributions are hosting blood drives, collecting money for charities such as the March of Dimes and Blue Jeans for Babies, supplying food for the local animal shelter, contributing to Weekend Blessings, displaying flags for Veterans Day, displaying Pine Trees for Emanuel County’s Pine Tree Festival, supporting Wreaths across America, and participating in the Jaycees Empty Stocking Fund.  Many Emanuel County Schools employees also give back to the community by serving in civic and community organizations. 


Collaboration with and support from the community is vital for the students’ success, and ultimately, the community’s success.  A strong partnership between workforce development, business and industry, and education can improve students’ and stakeholders’ quality of life.  In collaboration with local businesses and industries, the school system identified workforce readiness as an immediate need for economic prosperity in the community.  Partnering with the Swainsboro-Emanuel County Chamber of Commerce has given teachers and students the unique opportunity to see firsthand the career opportunities in Emanuel County.  This helps support the mission to inspire all students for college and career success through personalized learning and relevant experiences.  Emanuel County Schools wants students prepared for their next step after high school, whether beginning a career or attending college.  Learning the skills needed to work in businesses and industries can help better prepare students.  Ken Warnock, CEO of the Swainsboro-Emanuel County Chamber of Commerce, has been instrumental in the local Industry Tours Initiative.  Stefanie Mason, Director of CTAE, and Shannon Lawrence, School to Career Coordinator, have joined efforts with the Chamber of Commerce, The Emanuel County Development Authority, and Southeastern Technical College to see this mission a success.



201 North Main Street

Swainsboro, GA 30401


Phone Number: (478) 237-6674




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