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Making Education Work for All Georgians!

Dr. John D. Barge
State School Superintendent

2066 Twin Towers East
205 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive SE
Atlanta, GA 30334
 (404) 656-2800
 (404) 651-8737
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Joel H. Thornton
Chief of Staff

2066 Twin Towers East
205 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive SE
Atlanta, GA 30334

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Georgia State School Superintendent Dr. John D. Barge  
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Vision, Mission and Values

As Superintendent of Schools, I will work with the Department of Education, the Board of Education, the Governor, the Legislature, and Georgia's teachers, administrators, parents, and students to significantly improve our state's educational system.


We will lead the nation in improving student achievement.


It is the mission of the Department of Education to function as a service-oriented and policy-driven agency that meets the needs of local school systems as they go about the business of preparing all students for college or a career in a safe and drug-free environment where we ensure that no child is left behind.


Our core values represent the fundamental tenets that guide us in our day-to-day operations.

We, the administration, employees, and advisors of the Georgia Department of Education, hold the following values essential to achieving the Department’s mission:

  • Transparency
  • Honesty
  • Commitment
  • Trust and Respect
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Collaboration
  • We Have Fun!