School Details

Marietta Center for Advanced Academics

311 Aviation Rd SE, Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 420-0822

(out of 10)

Charter Grades 3-5 271 students 15 students/teacher (GA avg is 14)

Test Scores by grade


Middle Grades Writing Assessment (MGWA)

In 2011-2012 Georgia administered the Middle Grades Writing Assessment (MGWA) to students in grades 5 and 8. The MGWA is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
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About this school

Marietta Center for Advanced Academics is a charter elementary school in Marietta. The principal of Marietta Center for Advanced Academics is Jennifer Hernandez, whose e-mail is 271 students attend Marietta Center for Advanced Academics and are mostly Multiracial; White, non-Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 4% of the Marietta Center for Advanced Academics students have "limited English proficiency." 35% of the 271 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 34% are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Marietta Center for Advanced Academics is 15:1. Park Street Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Spanish


  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Tennis

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 4% 3%
White, non-Hispanic 37% 18%
Black, non-Hispanic 28% 46%
Hispanic 16% 30%
Asian 14% 2%
Asian/Pacific Islander 12% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.7% 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.7% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 34% 67%
Limited English proficiency 4% 16%
Economically disadvantaged 35% 75%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (3 months ago)

    Awesome school! All four of my children attended MCAA starting the first year it opened! They have been very successful with high school and college. All three of the older kids got accepted to every college they applied to and are pursuing their dreams . 2 of the older 3 are pursuing careers in Engineering. One is at Georgia Tech for mechanical engineering. The other one is trying to decide between Georgia Tech and Mercer University for Industrial engineering . The youngest is about to enter Marietta High School in the fall in the pre-IB program and the engineering pathway. The second oldest is planning on getting his masters in history education at KSU. MCAA pushes the limits for all interests and sets a very strong foundation for future success.

  • (8 months ago)

    MCAA continues to amaze me and my family. This is truly a place where students love to learn and the entire faculty and staff are on board with the mission and values of the school and make learning a priority. Success is celebrated throughout the year expectations remain high and students are thriving because of it. This is a phenomenal school for students who are hungry for knowledge and thrive in a loving yet challenging environment. Best academic decision we've made for our son.

  • (9 months ago)

    The MCAA curriculum is hands on! The teachers and administrators work hand in hand to make this the optimum learning environment.

  • (9 months ago)

    My child was part of the first 3rd grade at MCAA and is now a senior in high school. Many of the children in that first 3rd grade are in IB and advanced courses at MHS. They remain a close knit community; something that began at MCAA and carried forward through middle school and on up to high school. This school has dedicated teachers students and parents. Does this school require stamina? Yes! But it is worth it.

  • (9 months ago)

    Not only is my daughter being challenged academically she is loving every minute of it. I have no doubt that she will reach her maximum potential at MCAA. MCAA offers an independent school education at a public school price!

  • (9 months ago)

    MCAA provides a stellar education. Gifted students are taught by amazing teachers. The administration is stellar. Everyone cares deeply about the students and parents. The close community the school fosters is unbelievable. We will be forever grateful for our experience with MCAA.

  • (1 year ago)

    love love love this school! My daughter thrived during her 2 years at MCAA with the appropriate guidance and enthusiasm from her teachers. Mrs. Throop was fabulous! she is truly dedicated to her students and it showed in her actions every day.

  • (1 year ago)

    This is an amazing school that is the only word to describe it. The teachers are excellent and dedicated to each and every student and their needs. Administration is very responsive. My son has flourished in this school and I see a huge difference in how he feels about learning this year versus his previous year when he attended one of the top East Cobb schools. The curriculum just makes sense he is not overloaded with homework yet he is excited about learning and has learned so much in the past year. Technology utilization is wonderful! MCAA is the best!

  • (1 year ago)

    My son was fortunate to get into the school at 3rd grade. This has been such an awesome experience that I wish this school could go all the way to 10th grade. The principal & all the teachers & staff are so dedicated you can see it everyday. My child loves going to school everyday. Great job MCAA!

  • (2 years ago)

    THE FIRST STEM CERTIFIED SCHOOL IN THE STATE OF GEORGIA! THE HIGHEST OVERALL TEST SCORES FROM 3RD-5TH GRADE IN THE STATE OF GEORGIA! Need I say more? The students and the teachers at MCAA are incredible. With the diverse ethnic population amongst the student body students get interaction with like-minded academic peers from all over the world. The teachers are well engaged with both parents and pupils creating a cohesive arena for open honest interaction. Most of the staff members are very friendly and are quick to address any needs or concerns. Our Principal Mrs. Hernandez has been very active in keeping MCAA on the cutting edge of technology and other learning avenues. The PTSA board seems to work well together and does a great job with all of the projects they have undertaken. I believe they even have 2 or 3 Dad's that serve on the board which is almost unheard of. It is vital to our children that they see their Dad's taking the time to have an important role in their education and as parents we are happy to see them step up and take charge. While other incredible academic opportunities have been offered to our daughter we couldn't imagine her being better off anywhere!

  • (3 years ago)

    MCAA is an amazing school!! We moved from Smyrna to the City of Marietta just to ensure our daughter had a spot!!! She is currently a 3rd grader and absolutely loves it!!! We came from a christian school where science wasn't a priority. My daughter has was in her first spelling bee has read over 1 million words has made the principals and A & B honor roll and won her class garden design project! The teachers are top notch and great nurturers too shout out to Mrs. Finnegan and Mrs Kurtz.

  • (3 years ago)

    We LOVE this school!! The teachers really help to take your child to the next level of education. There are so many opportunities and whether it is reading or math/science they will be challenged and we really needed that. Our child's favorite subject is reading/language arts and NOT math and the teacher's have really helped to make it enjoyable and excel in math/science.

  • (3 years ago)

    MCAA is nothing short of amazing. The principal teachers and staff are top notch and truly care about the students. The word advanced is not just a mere adjective. It truly describes the level instruction being delivered. If your child is academically advanced bored with traditional education or has a love for Math Science & Technology then this is the place for them to grow excel and be challenged!

  • (3 years ago)

    We've been at MCAA for almost two years and are absolutely thrilled with the school. The teachers are fantastic. They challenge the kids but do not overwhelm them with excessive work. They do a lot of work on line and really follow through on the technology aspect of the curriculum. The teachers are also avaialble in the morning to assist the kids because sometimes homework is so different than what we learned as parents. The school is diverse and this is a great way and age to teach our children about acceptance of all people. The best thing I believe is that all the students are there by choice. Their parents have all made the specific decision to send the child there to learn. There is no bullying no riff raff - it is simply a safe caring and exceptional place to send your child to school. Also love the uniforms!!!

  • (3 years ago)

    My oldest is at MCAA and loves it. Some of these posts are funny... the Magnet program DOES continue thru Middle School. The 6th Grade Academy and the Middle School both have the SETM Magnet program.

  • (3 years ago)

    I just ended my last year at mcaa and i loved it. the teacher are awsome and i learned a lot. I miss MCAA

  • (4 years ago)

    I attended Marietta Center For Advanced Academics(MCAA) a few years ago. I must say that the skills and lessons I have learned and the friendships and memories I have made are priceless. I was sad when I had to move to a different continent after I had completed my time at MCAA but I was extremely grateful I still am. I took photography classes before school and was an ambassador after and I loved every thing about it. MCAA is so special because it allows you to learn while still having fun. The cultural curriculum is really nice and recess allows children to exercise. The school enjoys the book fair's presence every year and every year the whole school goes on a camping trip to Rock Eagle. MCAA gave me many opportunities and I hope it will for you too.

  • (4 years ago)

    We are just about to wrap up our first year here and we ABSOLUTELY LOVE MCAA!!!! My son comes home everyday excited about learning and this school has helped my child blossom in so many ways. It is challenging and rewarding. I wish it went on until the 12th grade because I am starting to have panic attacks myself wondering where my gifted child will go after 5th grade.

  • (4 years ago)

    This is an amazing school. We are just finishing up our first year here and not a day has by that my son has not been excited about going to school. They expect a lot from their students and in turn the students are eager to deliver. The level of responsibility has been a struggle for my son but I have enjoyed watching him rise to meet the challenge. This is how school is meant to be! The staff and the teachers are wonderful. I look forward to many years with this school as the rest of my children move through the system.

  • (4 years ago)

    Outside of Montessori schools this is the BEST school my daughter has EVER attended. This is her third and final year at MCAA and I am having panic attacks just wondering where she will go next year. I wish this school went through the 12th grade. All of the kids are smart so no one has to feel like "the nerd". It's a FREE MAGNET public school where all of the kids get their own laptop. What?!?!?! You can't beat that with a drumstick!

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