The Kennesaw area has an array of educational opportunities. Regardless of education level or field of interest, there is a place for every student. The quality of education throughout the area is everyone's business and Kennesaw's future relies on the ability to offer a quality education for all.

Cobb County School District

Students enrolled in the Cobb County School District continue to be among the top performers in the nation, with scores on the SAT and Iowa Test of Basic Skills significantly higher than state and national averages.

Below is a list of district schools serving the Kennesaw area.

Elementary Schools 

Baker Road Elementary School
Big Shanty Intermediate School
Bullard Elementary School
Hayes Elementary School
Kennesaw Elementary School
Kennesaw Charter School

Middle Schools 

Awtrey Middle School
Barber Middle School
McClure Middle School
Palmer Middle School
Pine Mountain Middle School

High Schools

Harrison High School
Kell High School
Kennesaw Mountain High School
North Cobb High School

Private (Non-Public) Schools

Kennesaw has a number of private non-sectarian, parochial, Montessori and special needs and day care facilities fostering educational competition and offering parental choice in education.

Higher Education

Kennesaw area colleges, technical schools and universities offer some of the finest programs in the state. Below is a list of post-secondary institutions serving the Kennesaw area.

Kennesaw State University (KSU) is the third-largest university in the University System of Georgia.  It has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as an "Up-and-Coming" school. KSU has a growing student population of more than 23,000 students from 142 countries, and offers more than 65 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including doctorates in education and business. KSU has received national accolades for its emphasis on student success, campus life and the quality of its academics.

ITT Technical Institute is committed to helping men and women develop the skills and knowledge to pursue many opportunities in today's fastest growing career fields, including electronics, web development, computer programming,computer networking, computer drafting and design, criminal justice, business and health sciences.  Over 100 campuses are located nationwide, including a Kennesaw campus on Jiles Rd.

Southern Polytechnic State University
(SPSU) is a residential, co-educational member of the University System of Georgia located in Marietta. Students study the sciences and technologies in a unique, practical manner, providing an education that is career-based and balanced. Approximately 4,000 students from 35 states and 82 countries attend SPSU.

Chattahoochee Technical College
is a fully accredited, state-supported postsecondary technical college with programs designed to prepare individuals for entering the workforce, transfer to another college or university, enhance present job skills, or get a head start on college while still attending high school.

North Metro Technical College offers both traditional and web-based educational options that include individual courses, certificates, diplomas and associate degrees, as well as adult literacy, economic development and personal enrichment programs.

Life University is a private, non-profit institution offering first professional, graduate and undergraduate degree programs and postgraduate education in the fields of health care, science, nutrition and business.

Did You Know?

Kennesaw was named a Tree City USA community by the Arbor Day Foundation.
  • Classes at Smith-Gilbert Gardens offer gardening pointers to adults & kids.

  • Kennesaws proud heritage is honored and remembered on the grounds of the City Cemetery.

  • Kennesaw Parks & Recreation will get you moving toward improved fitness and health.

  • Morning dog walking is invigorating and enjoyable at Swift-Cantrell Park.

  • City officials and business owners cut the ribbon to showcase a new opening.

  • Police officers start the recruiting process early.

  • Shop at our Farmers Market for fresh produce, baked goods & other items from May-October.

  • Mayor Mathews invites future community leaders to participate in City Council meetings.

  • The Police Honor Guard is specially trained to represent the department at formal functions.

  • The Civil War era comes to life at the Southern Museum and in annual battle re-enactments.

  • The annual Pigs & Peaches BBQ Festival features a Kansas City BBQ Society sanctioned contest.

  • Gather your paints brushes or camera and get inspired at Smith-Gilbert Gardens.

  • Enthusiastic and dedicated staff provide first-rate support of the citys trails, parks and facilities.

  • Hundreds of volunteers maintain the beautiful flora at the 16 acre Smith-Gilbert Gardens.

  • The Citys two community parks offer families hours of recreation and relaxation.

  • Children celebrate Arbor Day by planting a tree in the Garden at Swift-Cantrell Park.

  • Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield Park offers a bird-eye view of the city and surrounding area.

  • A new pedestrian underpass provides safe passage between Main St. and the Depot.

  • The City offers free wireless internet in parks & city facilities.

  • The Annual Big Shanty Festival features crafts, food, & shows attracting over 50,000 visitors.