Barrow County, Georgia
Barrow County Municipalities:
City of Auburn
According to the 2016 census, the population in Barrow County at that time was 77,126. This represents a growth rate of over 11.2% increase from 2010-2016. Barrow County’s growth has consistently ranked in the Top 5 fastest growing counties in the State, and is one of the Top 20 fastest growing counties in the USA.
The Barrow County School System (BCSS) is currently serving 13,600+ students for the 2017-2018 school year. It is the 27th largest school district out of the 180 in the state of Georgia, with 1700+ employees. BCSS is the 4th largest Charter System in Georgia and is a PK-12 Research Charter System Designate.
We sincerely hope you embrace becoming a part of our school family and our community. Here is some important information you might find useful:
Barrow Book Partnership (Collaborative Partnership)
The dual approach of Barrow Book Partnership (BBP) not only provides free books for young children to keep at home, but additionally provides local library information and advocacy to encourage families to sign up for the full range of free materials and services located at public libraries. Initially, we identified four target populations to serve; the children in the WIC program at the Barrow County Health Department; BCSS Child Find children; BCSS Pre-K Lottery registrants; and Barrow County’s foster children. Additionally, during the WIC Nutrition classes at the Barrow County Health Department and during BCSS Pre-K and Kindergarten registration days and Child Find in-take families are given the opportunity to sign up for a free PINES library card.
For more information about this program please contact Ellen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 770-867-4527 or Beth at email@example.com or 706-367-9399. Book donations of new or gently used books can be made to the BCSS Central Office at 179 W. Athens Street in Winder. Tax deductible monetary donations can be made to the Barrow Community Foundation Inc. designated for Barrow Book Partnership.
Chamber of Commerce
An important partnership we share is with our Chamber of Commerce. They can help you “Experience the Barrow County Difference” and have an active and meaningful role in our community.
Website: Chamber of Commerce
Family Connection (Collaborative Partnership)
Another powerful collaboration in Barrow County is Family Connection; their function is to provide resources to all families and children of Barrow County. The foresight and vision of the leadership of our cities and county in planning for the future has produced a quality of life that is unequaled anywhere.
Website: Barrow County Family Connection
Food 2 Kids (Collaborative Partnership)
Food 2 Kids is a collaborative effort between the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia and Barrow County School System to provide sacks of kid-friendly food to children, K-12, who do not have enough to eat over the weekend. These bags are discreetly sent home on Friday afternoon with 215 of our most at risk students each school week. Double bags are provided before holiday breaks and 100% of the money contributed goes to purchase food for Barrow County students. Donations can be mailed to Shannon Derrick, 179 W. Athens St. Winder, GA 30680. If you are interested in learning more about this amazing program and how you can help alleviate childhood hunger, you may contact Shannon Derrick at 770-867-4527 or email.
Facebook: Barrow County Food 2 Kids
Mentoring (Collaborative Partnership)
A program that has proven to be a powerful connection between community and school is the Mentor Program. Community members have the opportunity to share experiences and knowledge with students. The influence and guidance of a mentor can make a positive difference in a child’s life. Typically, close to 400 volunteers spend an hour of their time each week one-on-one with a student helping to teach valuable social skills, assist with homework or just be a “listening friend”.
Website: Mentoring Program
Partners in Education (PIE) (Collaborative Partnership)
Community participation is sought on matters of curriculum, policy decisions, and budget discussions. Partners are active school governance team members. The PIE program involves local businesses and agencies, which is designed to act as a catalyst in bringing diversified groups together, as well as exposing our children to “real-world” and work experiences. The program is a vital asset to our school system. For more information about the Barrow County School System Partners in Education (PIE) Program, contact Ellen Petree at 770-867-4527 or email.
REACH Georgia (Collaborative Partnership)
The mission of REACH Georgia is to provide Georgia’s academically promising students with academic, social and financial support needed to graduate from high school and college prepared for work. It is a mentoring and scholarship program designed to encourage students, starting in middle school, to pursue their educational goals and dreams. 100% of funds raised goes to college scholarships. University partnerships are matching and double matching the public and privately funded college scholarships. The University of Georgia, Georgia Southern University, Georgia State University, Georgia Tech Institute of Technology, and Mercer University are all currently double matching the $10,000 scholarship awarded upon high school graduation.
REACH Georgia Contact Information
179 West Athens St., Winder, GA 30680 | 770-867-4527 | Fax: 770-867-4540 | Contact Webmaster
The Barrow County School System is a Charter System and Pre-K-12 Research District