Cobb Board of Education Praises Success of Cobb Horizon High School, Appoints Director for New Cobb Career Academy

The Cobb County School District’s newest high school, Cobb Horizon, recently celebrated its one-year anniversary, and during the Board of Education meeting, board members reviewed the success of the new school. 

Before detailing the metrics that demonstrate the school’s success, Chief School Leadership Officer Sherri Hill explained why Cobb Horizon High School stands out to her.  

“The magic happens as soon as you pull up and walk into Cobb Horizon High School. Cobb Horizon has a welcoming and clean atmosphere and a friendly, supportive, and dedicated staff,” she said. “There are positive affirmations posted throughout the school, a wall of Horizon graduates for all to see, and the graduation bell that the students get to ring once they have met their graduation requirements.” 

More than 140 students have rung the bell since the school doors opened in August 2018. In the beginning, 236 students enrolled in the non-traditional high school, which uses a self-paced, blended model. By the end of the school year, the number had swelled to 471. Before attending Cobb Horizon, 82 percent of those students were off-track to graduate. 

The school’s second year just started, but one student has already graduated, and 50 more students are on track to graduate in December with more scheduled to turn their tassels in May 2020.  

District staff have been invited to talk about the creation, best practices, and success of Cobb Horizon at the National Alternative Education Association Conference. 

For example, the staff members have undergone training on how to build relationships with all students specifically those who have faced one or more adversities in childhood. 

In addition to discussing Cobb Horizon High School, Cobb board members also approved Dr. Tiffany Barney as the first director of the district’s new Cobb Career Academy, which is slated to be completed in May 2020 thanks to tax-payer approved funds from Ed-SPLOST.    

The Board also appointed Marc Smith to Chief Technology and Operations Officer.  

Personnel Changes: 

  • Adams, John, Deputy Superintendent, Human Resources and Operations, Resignation effective January 1, 2020.  
  • Barney, Dr. Tiffany, Employment as Director, Career Academy from CTAE Program Specialist, Georgia Department of Education, Atlanta, GA effective September 16, 2019.  
  • Smith, Marc, Appointment to Chief Technology and Operations Officer from Chief Technology Officer effective immediately.