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CHS Programs and Courses

Advanced Placement

Advanced Placement (AP) is a program in the United States and Canada, created by the College Board, which offers college-level curricula and examinations to high school students. American colleges and universities often grant placement and course credit to students who obtain high scores on the examinations. The AP curriculum for each of the various subjects is created for the College Board by a panel of experts and college-level educators in that field of study.

Carrollton High School offers 17 Advanced Placement Courses:























Air Force Jr. ROTC

“Develop citizens of character dedicated to serving their nation and community”

The objectives of JROTC are to educate and train high school cadets in citizenship, promote community service, instill responsibility, character, and self-discipline, and provide instruction in air and space fundamentals.

The AFJROTC program is grounded in the Air Force core values of integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all we do. The curriculum emphasizes the Air Force heritage and traditions, the development of flight, applied flight sciences, military aerospace policies, and space exploration.

Curriculum opportunities include:

  • Academic studies
  • Character education
  • Life skills education
  • Leadership opportunities
  • Team-building experiences
  • Intramural competition
  • Field trips / training opportunities

Career Pathways

As an organizing tool for curriculum design and instruction, Career Clusters provide the essential knowledge and skills for the Career Clusters and their Career Pathways. It also functions as a useful guide in developing programs of study bridging secondary and postsecondary curriculum and for creating individual student plans of study for a complete range of career options. As such, it helps students discover their interests and their passions, and empowers them to choose the educational pathway that can lead to success in high school, college and career.


Click below to view a comprehensive list of our career pathways and the courses they offer.



Academic and artistic competitions play an important role in a school's story, and Carrollton High School has an enviable collection of top-notch titles in these arenas as well, further demonstrating a tradition of excellence that encompasses a broad spectrum of accomplishment in all disciplines.

The Carrollton High School Debate Team captured its 10th state championship in 2018, maintaining its impressive place in CHS history as the second-highest number of state titles claimed by any program – academic or athletic.

2018 state championship debate team

The team is coached by Richard Bracknell, head coach and Janey Simmons, assistance coach.

Debate has earned the second highest number of CHS state championships – including all sports – surpassed only by boys track. The team has been crowned state champion 10 times – in 1987, 1988, 1989, 1992, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2003, 2010 and 2018. The team was the state runner-up champion seven times – in 1986, 1990, 1991, 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2004. The team also has captured 17 region titles. In 2010, the Georgia High School Association discontinued the debate championships, picked up then by the Georgia Forensic Coaches Association. CHS won state that first year.

Dramatic Arts

The Performing Arts department at Carrollton High School includes beginning, intermediate and advanced courses in both chorus and drama. There are several after school opportunities for our students via Thespian Troupe 3682, our Tri-M Music Honor Society as well as Showchoir and our student led coffee house, The Sweetnote Cafe.

Each year our audiences enjoy a Night of One Acts, an alternating December concert or a Madrigal Dinner, our annual Showcase! , a full length play and a Broadway-style musical each spring.
CHSPA students are exposed to the best in professional music and theatre.

Each year, students are able to participate in the Georgia Music Educators choral festival's Large Group Performance Evaluation, Georgia High School Association's literary competition (Girls Trio, Boys Quartet, Dramatic Interpretation, Humorous Interpretation and Boys and Girls Solo), National Association of Teachers of Singing auditions, Georgia Theatre Conference College Auditions, NACAC college fair, GMEA All-State Chorus and the Georgia Thespian Conference

Showchoir is available to perform for civic and community organizations in the area.

Call our office to book your event! 770.834.7726 ext 5369

Dual Enrollment

High school juniors and seniors may be eligible to participate in the “Move on When Ready” and other dual enrollment programs where they can earn high school as well as college credit from an eligible college, university or technical college. Enrollment requires an advisement session with your child’s high school counselor before proceeding.

Flex Program

Sponsored by the U.S. government, the Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) Program is for secondary school students from 10 republics of the former Soviet Union (Eurasia). The program offers scholarships for students to travel to the United States to attend high school for a full academic year while living with a host family.

Established in 1992 as the centerpiece of the Eurasian Secondary School Initiative under the FREEDOM Support Act, FLEX is funded by the U.S. Department of State. Former Senator Bill Bradley asserted that the best way to ensure long-lasting peace and understanding between the U.S. and Eurasian countries is to enable young people to learn about the U.S. and Americans firsthand.

FLEX strives to improve mutual understanding between countries and allows young citizens of Eurasia to observe and experience the U.S. and its system of government. Since FLEX’s inception in 1993, over 23,000 student participants from Eurasia have returned to their countries imbued with a new enthusiasm and desire to help others. These students go on to share their newly acquired experiences and knowledge for the betterment of their home communities and countries.


International Baccalaureate

The International Baccalaureate Program is a comprehensive and challenging pre-university program of study that demands the best from both motivated students and teachers. This sophisticated two-year curriculum covers a wide range of academic subjects and has stood the test of time (since 1968) for over half a million students in 124 countries and 2,000 schools.

All students who wish to enter the IB Diploma Program will have on-going guidance and instruction on the process, procedures, fees, and deadlines from the IB Coordinator and a counselor trained in IB. Students in grades 9 and 10 will take coursework that will prepare and transition them into IB course offerings in grades 11 and 12. Any student who is interested in the IB Diploma Program should speak with Mr. Noah Brewer, IB Coordinator.

    Students will:

    • be encouraged to think independently and drive their own learning
    • take part in programs of education that can lead them to some of the highest ranking universities around the world
    • become more culturally aware, through the development of a second language
    • be able to engage with people in an increasingly globalized, rapidly changing world.

    Official IB Webpage

    Carrollton High School currently offers 14 IB courses. See the tabs below to review the courses by subject matter.


    World Literature SL & HL


    Biology SL & HL


    Mathmatics SL

    Social Science

    Theory of Knowledge I & II

    Social and Cultural Anthropology SL


    Twentieth Century History HL

    History of the Americas HL


    Visual Arts SL

    Spanish SL & HL



    The first and foremost goal of the Music Department is to provide all students the opportunity to develop an appreciation of music through performance, listening and experiencing quality music literature. As a universal art form, the study of music helps us to understand past and present cultures around the world.

    Performance Learning Center

    The Carrollton City Schools Performance Learning Center (PLC) is a non-traditional school setting serving grades 8-12. The PLCs were started by Communities In Schools (CIS) of Georgia during the 2002-2003 school year and have now expanded throughout Georgia and in other states in the CIS network. PLCs are an initiative of Communities In Schools, and are one of the many programs designed to effectively and efficiently address both the academic and human service needs of students and their families.

    PLC Application

    Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM)

    In 2013, Carrollton Elementary School became the first K-3 elementary in the state to become a Georgia Department of Education STEM-certified school, joining only six other K-12 schools statewide. The video below provides background on how CES achieved this honor.

    The Carrollton City School System has a K-12 STEM focus with programs that integrate the disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math at all grade levels. Below are links to summaries of STEM-related programs at Carrollton High School, Carrollton Junior High, Carrollton Middle School and Carrollton Elementary.

    Southwire Engineering Academy (SWEA)

    The Southwire Engineering Academy (SWEA) is a cooperative internship program for 11th- and 12th-grade Carrollton High School STEM program students. Developed by Southwire Company and Carrollton City Schools, SWEA promotes achievement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics while enabling students to apply these disciplines in a real-world manufacturing setting.

    SWEA student teams are selected by school officials and demonstrate achievement in core STEM subject areas. For two semesters each year, these junior engineers attend school in the morning and the equivalent of two class periods at Southwire's headquarters in the afternoon. There, they are organized into teams and assigned to a Southwire project engineer and lead project engineer. These serve as supervisors for the duration of the semester, setting expectations and deadlines, monitoring progress and leading the teams daily work around manufacturing and product development tasks.

    Whether applying root-cause analysis to improve production line efficiencies or identifying the correct mathematical formula to help utilities reduce waste by calculating how much wire is left on a partial reel, the teams gain hands-on experience, while learning to work quickly, efficiently and accurately to solve today's top business challenges.

    Official Southwire Engineering Academy Webpage

    Visual Arts

    Art education is fundamental to the creative development of all children by strengthening their abilities to visualize, problem-solve, communicate, and think creatively as well as critically. Art classes provide opportunities for students to invent and imagine using a variety of art materials to express individual ideas, thoughts and feelings. The art education curriculum includes art processes, culture and history as well as aesthetics involving higher order thinking skills related to creating and examining art. The art program offers a scope of concepts articulated across the Georgia Department of Education's Fine Arts curriculum. It also integrates concepts from STEM(Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), Language Arts, and Social Studies.

    "Contrary to popular belief, Art at it’s best or most prestigious has more to do with an individual’s Attitude than their aptitude.It has more to do with their Awareness than attention to detail. without an Attitude of respect for those blank spaces that artists are driven to fill, without an Awareness of, for example, what color or how much color, Art becomes purely representational, lacking emotion, lacking a life all its own.

    Carrollton High School’s Visual Art “Gold Standard” is and will continue to be defined as the constant meshing of a positive Attitude and a full Awareness … of an evolving ability and a never-satisfied attention to detail."

    - Jake Richardson, Visual Arts Teacher

    21st Century Community Learning Centers

    All four Carrollton City schools offer unique after-school enrichment/remediation programs that specifically target academically at-risk students. The seed money and much of current operating costs of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers are funded by a U.S. Department of Education initiative that supports the centers, which operate during out-of-school hours and that have three specific purposes: To provide opportunities for academic enrichment and tutorial services; to offer students a broad array of additional services, programs and activities to reinforce and complement the regular academic program; and to offer families of 21st CCLC students opportunities for literacy and related educational development.

    Carrollton High School’s after-school/summer school program is called BRIDGE, an acronym for Building Resources that Increase the Desire to Graduate for Everyone. This program provides enrichment services to academically at-risk students with a focus on graduation.

    The BRIDGE’s site coordinator is Krystal Kendall, 770-834-7726.

    Work-Based Learning

    Work-Based Learning (WBL) placements represent the pinnacle of the Career-Related Education experience. To qualify for a WBL placement, a student must be in grades 11 or 12 and at least 16 years old. Students should have a defined Career Pathway in order to participate in the WBL Program. Placements should be related to a Pathway of Study that the student has completed or is concurrently enrolled. In other words, the WBL placement is a continuation of a pathway of study. It is not an, "I want to get out of school early program.” Students in WBL can be paid or unpaid.

    To learn more about WBL, contact Ken Skinner, WBL Coordinator.

    WBL Website