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News

There's nothing we enjoy more than sharing the good news about our wonderful students and staff members. And we have a lot of great things to share! Visit our News page to learn about student and faculty awards and accomplishments, past happenings, upcoming events, and so much more. 

SPLOST IV Project

For details about Harrison’s Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) project, please visit the Cobb County School District website. A SPLOST is an optional one percent county sales tax that is approved by voters in Cobb County. The Cobb County School District SPLOST department is responsible for all aspects of planning, implementation, and completion of all SPLOST projects and activities. Harrison’s SPLOST project includes a new gym and performing arts center. Construction began at the end of May 2018 with a scheduled completion date of June 2019. Harrison’s SPLOST project will also include the replacement of exterior doors, hardware, and in some instances the surrounding windows/frames attached to the doors. Other details for Harrison’s SPLOST project are located on our SPLOST IV page. We will update the Harrison community on this project with occasional messages in the weekly e-blast to parents. Thank you for your patience during the Cobb County School District’s SPLOST construction. We are looking forward to the improvements to our campus for our students, staff, and community at large.

Hoya Block

At Harrison, one of our top priorities is to prepare students for college and career readiness. We have designed Hoya Block sessions to move students forward academically while giving them time to process curriculum standards and prepare them for rigorous assessments. Students meet for Hoya Block twice a week at 45-minute intervals between first and second period. Please see the information below for additional details or visit the Hoya Block page.

SAT and ACT Registration

Have you registered for the ACT or SAT? Check out our links below for test information. Good luck to all of our testing students!


High School Teacher Of The Year

Rachael Sanford posing as she wins the Teacher of the Year AwardCongratulations to Rachael Sanford on being named high school teacher of the year for 2018-2019! We are very proud of you! Please visit the Cobbcast website for more information on the teacher of the year level winners.

Way to go, Harrison, on the Georgia Milestones EOC’s!

The Georgia Department of Education recently released Georgia Milestones End of Course (EOC) Assessment results this past week, and the Cobb County School District is ranked first in Metro-Atlanta in seven out of eight high school subject areas. For another year in a row, Harrison High School ranks high among the sixteen Cobb County High Schools for EOC scores. Because of the hard work of our students and teachers, we have seen gains in the percentage of proficient and distinguished learners for the 2017-2018 school year in Geometry, American Literature, Biology, and Economics. For six of the eight EOC’s, our total percentage of students passing was right at 95%. In six of the eight subject areas, we also produced gains for our Special Education students. We are very proud of our students and teachers for their hard work on these End of Course Assessments. Congratulations to Hoya Nation on a job well-done!

Way to go, Harrison, on Advanced Placement Exams!

In addition to EOC scores being released, Advanced Placement scores were also recently released. We are pleased to report that more students at Harrison were enrolled in Advanced Placement courses this past school year than in the previous year. We are excited that more students are taking challenging courses than the year before. Harrison’s percentage of AP students scoring a 3 or better is higher than students in Georgia and across the nation. For the 2017-2018 school year, we saw gains in several of our AP courses, such as Macroeconomics, US Government, World History, Biology, Chemistry, and French. For the fifth year in a row, our AP Spanish students all scored a 3 or better on the exam. Other AP exams in the 90% or above are Psychology and Calculus BC. At Harrison, about 95% of our students go on to post-secondary education after high school, so we always want to make sure that our students are taking the most challenging courses especially now as the college admissions process is more competitive than ever! We are very proud of all of our Advanced Placement students and teachers!

Congratulations, CTAE!

Congratulations to Harrison’s CTAE Department for receiving 1st place recognition in CCSD for having the overall highest pass rate on our End of Pathway Assessments. Sherri Johnson (Business and Technology) and Gina Tanner (Early Childhood Education) both received recognition for having a 100% pass rate on the end of pathway assessments. Bill Phelps (AVTF) was recognized as a district finalist in the CTAE Teacher of the Year.

Safety Message For Campus Traffic

As the school year progresses, we will continue to message out safety reminders for our students during the morning announcements, through class meetings, and in eblasts. As you know, construction is underway on campus. For details about our project, please visit our SPLOST IV Project page

All students must be aware of safe driving and walking near construction zones. Students who park in the west lot should be especially careful. West lot drivers have repeatedly been informed of the importance of where they are to enter the building from their parking area. All students (bus riders, car riders, and student drivers) must stay on a sidewalk when walking on campus. With more traffic on campus due to construction, it is imperative that we all stay vigilant in the parking lots paying close attention to our surroundings. 

We are still asking parents to consider using district buses to bring students to school. However, we understand there are unique situations where students must be dropped off. We ask that students be dropped off in the mornings before 7:30 a.m. In the afternoon, we are asking parents to delay picking up students until 3:50 p.m. in order to allow buses to stage and leave campus with student traffic. These staggered times will make it easier for parents to pick up their students and leave campus without the heavy volume we experienced on the first day of school.

Please remember that we cannot allow traffic for afternoon pickup to stop on Due West Road. Once all available afternoon parent pickup spots are filled in the main lot, we will not allow any other cars on campus or to stop on Due West Road to wait for afternoon pickup. We will redirect these cars down Due West Road. As our main lot clears with car riders, we will allow additional cars on campus for afternoon pickup. This process will remain for the duration of construction and allow our buses to arrive and depart on time and alleviate stopped traffic on Due West Road. 

There is an increased concern with parents dropping off students in neighboring subdivisions along Due West Road in order to walk to campus. It is imperative that students use the sidewalk all the way up to the cross walk at the main entrance of our campus. It is not safe for students to enter campus at the auxiliary bus entrance and cut across the parking lot. Harrison Ridge subdivision has also asked that parents not park in their neighborhood.

Because safety is absolutely our top priority for our students, staff, and parents, please know that we have partnered with Cobb School District leaders, Cobb County School District Police, Cobb County Police, and the Department of Transportation to make our campus as safe as possible during construction. We will of course continue to monitor and adjust as necessary. We thank you for your patience and flexibility during this time. While traffic is extremely inconvenient for everyone right now, when our SPLOST project is complete, our new gym and performing arts center will be a wonderful addition for our students and community at large. Thank you for your continued support and talking with your student about this safety message. Our students have done a great job adjusting to the construction process. We are always very proud of them! 

Bell Schedule

Our students will follow the regular advisement schedule starting Monday, August 6. This means that 1st period will begin at 8:20 a.m. on Monday, August 6. On Wednesday, August 22, 2018, we will begin the Hoya block/advisement bell schedule rotation, which is just as we have done the past several years. You can find both bell schedules on our Home page or in this bell schedule flyer. We are so excited to have our Hoyas back in the building! We have missed them. It’s going to be a great school year, and we thank you for your support!

Student Parking Message

Students, please make sure that you park in the assigned spot or area indicated on the parking decal that was issued to you.

We understand that parking during this period of construction is far from ideal, and unfortunately has created hardships both in the school and within our community. We greatly appreciate your patience, flexibility, and understanding as we move through this transition together. As a reminder, students that did not receive a spot have been placed on a wait list, and will be notified if spaces become available throughout the semester. In the meantime, we strongly encourage carpooling or riding the bus to help reduce the heavy volume of traffic on campus.

Bus Lane Line Up
As we head into another school year, please take a few moments to review our bus lane line up map. This is to ensure we have an organized and safe pick up/drop off, bus loading/unloading, and parking areas. Thank you for your support in our efforts to provide safety for our students and staff.