In Dahlonega and Lumpkin County we know that education is the foundation of success. With public schools that represent the finest facilities available today, alongside a variety of superb private schools, all of our students are assured of an exceptional education based upon the principles of diversity, acceptance, preparedness, innovation and social responsibility.
Opportunities for higher education abound with the presence of the University of North Georgia in Dahlonega as well as nearby Lanier Technical College. Lumpkin County’s proximity to Atlanta, only an hour’s drive away, also ensures that a multitude of higher education programs are accessible to Lumpkin County students.
Lumpkin County Board of Education
Newcomers are encouraged to contact the Lumpkin County School Board administrative office for information on registration for new students. By law, children must be 5 years old on or before September 1 to enter kindergarten and 6 years old on or before September 1 to enter the first grade.
Documents required to register include a certified birth certificate, immunization records on Georgia state forms, vision, hearing and dental screening records from a family doctor or local health clinic, a Social Security card, proof of residency in the school attendance zone and the previous year’s report card if transferring from another school. For more information, call (706) 864-3611 or visit www.lumpkin.k12.ga.us.
Our students’ dedication to success is strengthened by the partnership of educators, parents, business leaders and the community as a whole, all of whom actively participate in the educational process. More than 70 percent of Lumpkin County students continue on to seek higher learning after high school graduation – a rate that exceeds the state average by several points.
Lumpkin County students currently attend three elementary schools, one middle school and one high school. Lumpkin County High School offers several advanced placement courses for college-bound students. For students who may require additional assistance, after-school tutoring is available at the three elementary schools and the middle school. Other programs available include gifted, vocational labs, alternative programs, special education, English to Speakers of Other Languages, early intervention and remedial education. Lumpkin County schools offer an exceedingly strong JROTC program that earns awards at the state level.
At all levels, administrators, teachers and parents are committed to academic excellence. Almost all teachers and administrators in the Lumpkin County School System have earned at least a master’s degree and nearly half have more than 10 years teaching experience.
Lumpkin County parents are encouraged to become involved in the Lumpkin Family Connection Collaborative. This is a dynamic network of school and community leaders and parents who are committed to assisting families in the development of resources that will help their children to succeed. Goals of the collaborative’s current five-year plan include ensuring that all Lumpkin County children are ready to enter kindergarten, that all Lumpkin County children graduate from high school on time, and that all Lumpkin County children are free of abuse and neglect. Some of the programs to help meet these goals include mentoring, underage drinking prevention, and a Challenge Program, a character-building tool that uses ropes courses and team activities to develop decision-making, leader-ship, teamwork and collaboration among students. For more information, call (706) 864-4114 or visit Lumpkin County Family Connection.
Lumpkin County Schools also strive to include the entire community in its activities so that its students may enjoy the collaborative support of all. One aspect of this outreach program is the Golden Pass which provides free entry to almost any school-sponsored activity for residents over the age of 65. Lumpkin County seniors enjoy home games of football, baseball, soccer, tennis, track, and softball, as well as drama presentations, band concerts and more. Pass applications are available at Lumpkin County High School, or call (706) 864-3611 for more information.
- Lumpkin County Board of Education
56 Indian Drive, Dahlonega, GA 30533
Dewey Moye, Superintendent
(706) 864-3611, www.lumpkin.k12.ga.us
- Blackburn Elementary School
45 Blackburn Rd., Dawsonville, GA 30534
- Long Branch Elementary School
4518 Hwy. 52 East, Dahlonega, GA 30533
- Lumpkin County Elementary School
153 School Dr., Dahlonega, GA 30533
- Lumpkin County Middle School
152 School Dr., Dahlonega, GA 30533
- Lumpkin County High School
2001 Indian Dr., Dahlonega, GA 30533
- Lumpkin County Alternative School
152 School Dr., Dahlonega, GA 30533
While most Lumpkin County parents are highly satisfied with the public school system, the county and surrounding area also has several excellent private schools that provide an educational environment tailored to a particular religious or secular tradition. Some offer a seamless academic program, from preschool through high school.
Colleges, Universities and Technical Institutions
Several world-class colleges, universities and technical institutions are located in and around Lumpkin County: University of North Georgia and Lanier Technical College.
Lumpkin County’s proximity to Atlanta also gives residents convenient access to the Georgia Institute of Technology, Southern Polytechnic State University, Emory University, Oglethorpe University and Georgia State University’s main campus in downtown Atlanta, as well as smaller community and private colleges and specialized schools.
University of North Georgia
University of North Georgia is the region’s only four-year state institution and one of only six senior military colleges in the United States. Because of these distinctions, North Georgia is designated as The Military College of Georgia and as a state leadership institution for civilian and military students.
Through its liberal arts education and superior leadership experiences, North Georgia is preparing its more than 5,000 students for success in a global community. The university offers more than 50 majors; numerous pre-professional, professional and master’s degree programs; and continuing education opportunities. North Georgia’s 120-acre main campus, nestled in a beautiful mountain setting, is readily recognized by the gold-covered steeple of its administration building, Price Memorial Hall. Recent additions to the campus include a new Library Technology Center and Student Recreation Center.
- University of North Georgia
Dahlonega, GA 30597
Lanier Technical College
The mission of Lanier Technical College, a dynamic and growing two-year technical college, is to meet the changing educational and technological workforce development needs of the community by providing innovative and comprehensive adult education and training. The college serves to minimize barriers to educational opportunities and improve the intellectual and technical skills of area residents. By providing adult literacy training, general academic and technical education, customized business and industrial training, economic development services and continuing education services, students and trainees are well prepared for rewarding employment.
Programs offered include automotive, welding, plumbing, and electrical construction programs that are unique to this service delivery area. Educational training programs in more than two dozen high demand and fast growing fields are available.
- Lanier Technical College:
2990 Landrum Education Dr., Oakwood, GA
- Forsyth Campus:
7745 Majors Rd., Cumming, GA
- Dawson Campus:
89 Tiger Circle, Dawsonville, GA
Southern Catholic College
Opened in 2005, Southern Catholic College is a co-educational liberal arts college and is the first and only Catholic college in Georgia. In addition to the strong liberal arts core curriculum, the college offers majors in business, English, history, integrated sciences, philosophy, psychology, and sacred theology. Students enjoy a caring community that offers a variety of club activities and intramural sports. The 100+ acre campus overlooking Spring Lake is surrounded by the Appalachian Mountains and provides a setting of serenity and beauty.
Southern Catholic College will graduate its inaugural class this spring. In 2008 it was named one of 21 recommended Catholic colleges and universities in The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College: What to Look For and Where to Find It.
- Southern Catholic College
Southern Catholic Dr., Dawsonville
The University of North Georgia’s Stewart Center for Continuing Education offers an array of online and instructor-led non-credit programs that focus on professional development and personal enrichment. Visit www.ung.edu/continuing-education or call (706) 864-1918 for more information.
Chestatee Regional Library System
- Lumpkin County Library
342 Courthouse Hill, Dahlonega, GA
The Chestatee Regional Library System includes branches in Dahlonega and in Dawsonville in Dawson County. The system offers access to GALILEO, Georgia’s online educational databases, public computer stations with Internet access, meeting rooms, and an extensive collection of books, magazines, music and other resource materials.
The Chestatee Regional Library System is a member of PINES, a statewide consortium of 275 libraries in 140 Georgia counties. PINES cardholders have access to a shared collection of 9.6 million books, tapes, CDs and videos that can be delivered to their home library free of charge.