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 What's new with the charter system?

  • School Governance Council members discuss long-term outcomes for their school's strategic plan.
  • Abbotts Hill Elementary advertises its first early release day--the result of a Request for Flexibility and Seed Fund proposal.
  • Hillside Elementary encourages parents and teachers to run for a seat on the School Governance Council through information and advertisements in both English and Spanish.
  • Centennial High School Governance Council members and students prepare to cut the ribbon for the grand opening of the school's "My Learning Commons" -- a dream made a reality through a Seed Fund grant.
  • Fulton County Schools receives first-ever “Charter System of the Year” distinction from Georgia Realtors.

​​​Fulton is state's largest charter system


Fulton County became the state's largest charter system in July of 2012. The Charter System is a governance framework that supports the district's Strategic Plan 2017: Building Our Future and the district's theory of local school autonomy. Charter System status allows Fulton County flexibility from many one-size-fits-all state education requirements and supports our schools in developing strategies to support the unique needs of their students...Read More


​School Governance Councils lead the way


School Governance Councils are an integral component of Fulton's charter​ system. School Governance  Councils, or SGCs, are responsible for setting and monitoring the strategic direction of the schools.​ The responsibilities of SGCs are as follows:

  • Approve the school's strategic plan
  • Approve the school's budget recommendations
  • Manage the Request for Flexibility process
  • Participate...Read More

Charter system spotlight


The first annual Seed Fund reportis now available. The report shares the Seed Fund story from conception to implementation, highlights a few Seed Fund grants in detail, and showcases the pivotal role of the Fulton Education Foundation in this charter system initiative. The report also provides a catalog of all Seed Fund grants awarded during the inaugural grant review process.

Definition Description

A charter system is a local school system that operates under the terms of a performance based charter contract with the State Board of Education in exchange for broad flexibility from certain state education laws and regulations and a commitment to distribute governance and the ability to innovate down to the school level. ​​


The schools in a charter system are called charter system schools. 


​The School Governance Council is charged with exercising school-level governance for each charter system school. The School Governance Council is accountable to the local school system (FCS), and the local school system is responsible for meeting accountability goals in the charter contract with the State Board of Education. ​


A charter school is a public school that operates under the terms of a performance based charter contract, with a charter school authorizer, such as the State Board of Education and/or a local board of education. ​​ Like a charter system, charter schools enjoy broad flexibility from certain state educational laws and regulations in exchange for a commitment to meet high academic and organizational performance goals. There are two types of charter schools: conversion charter schools and start-up charter schools. 


A start-up charter school is a charter school that did not exist as a traditional public school prior to becoming a charter school. 


​A conversion charter school is a charter school that existed as a traditional public school prior to converting to a charter school.​


A governing board oversees the operation of each charter school. The governing board is an distinct legal entity that is responsible for meeting the accountability and performance goals of the charter with the State Board of Education and/or the local board of education. 







Contact us:


   Governance & Flexibility Department

   6201 Powers Ferry Rd

   Sandy Springs, GA 30339