Our Mission Statement
mission of Mountain Education Charter High School is to provide
students the opportunity to be successful learners and to earn a high
learn in different ways and learn best when provided with a choice of
successful approaches to support their learning styles.
- Students learn more when they are actively engaged in an individualized, self-paced curriculum.
- Students learn more when they are responsible for their learning and behavior.
- Each student is a valued individual with unique physical, social, emotional, and intellectual needs.
- Individual tutoring strengthens teacher-student relationships and facilitates student learning.
- Students are more successful when teachers perform the functions of motivator, facilitator, counselor and tutor.
- Student learning is demonstrated by mastery of essential knowledge and skills.
- A low student-teacher ratio increases student learning.
- Learning is enhanced by positive relationships and mutual respect between staff and students.
- A safe and orderly environment promotes student learning.
commitment to continuous improvements is imperative for the school to
enable students to become confident, self-direct, lifelong learners.
1993 – The Mountain Education Center opened its doors as a three-county
collaborative (Fannin, Towns, Union) comprehensive regional evening
school to address the "at-risk" student and the dropout rate using a
self-paced program which employed teachers as facilitators. The purposes
of the school were to increase the high school completion rate and
promote education as a life-long experience. The program opened as a
one-site high school on the Union County High School campus.
1993 – The Gilmer County School System joined the collaborative, and a
second site was opened on the Gilmer County High School campus.
- April 1994 – The Pickens County School System joined the collaborative and sent students to the Gilmer site.
1994 – The Lumpkin County School System joined the collaborative, and a
third site was opened at the Lumpkin County High School campus.
1994 – The Crossroads Program, designed to serve the chronically
disruptive student, the adjudicated student, and the truant student was
added at all three sites.
1996 – The MEC was one of six alternative schools nationwide selected
to participate in KRA’s Model Alternative Research Project (a U.S.
Department of Education sponsored research project). The MEC received
high accolades in the KRA report for MEC's ability to attract, retain,
and graduate "at-risk" students.
- August 1997 – The MEC was featured in the PaceSetter newspaper as a "Success Story" feature.
1999 – The White County School System became the seventh county to join
the collaborative and sent students to the Lumpkin site.
2000 – The Gilmer site and Union site Crossroads Programs became day
programs. The Lumpkin site Crossroads Program continued as an evening
component of the MEC.
2002 – The Gilmer and the Union daytime Crossroads Programs were
reassigned to their respective school systems as Alternative Education
Programs (AEP). The Lumpkin site students were reassigned to their
respective schools as AEP students but retained their status as evening
students. The MEC Lumpkin site administrator provides administrative
support for those AEP students. This change eliminated middle school
students from the MEC program. At this time the Mountain Education
Center became Mountain Education Center High School (MECHS).
- August 2003 – A collaborative decision was made for MECHS to become an element of the Georgia Communities in School Programs.
- August 2004 – The Plaza Comunitaria Program initiated to serve the influx of Hispanic immigrants at the Gilmer site.
2005 – The Summit Program at the White County Ninth Grade Academy was
initiated to serve the extremely at risk incoming 9th grade students.
- August 2006 – The first MECHS Graduation Coach was authorized
- July 2007 – MECHS established as a state chartered special school with AYP being based upon EOCT results.
- August 2007 – Graduation Coaches added to all sites
- January 2008 – New site opened in Stephens County
- August 2009 – New site opened in Habersham County
- August 2010 – New site opened in Pickens County
- August 2011 – New Satellite sites opened in Fannin and White County
March 2012 – The MECHS board approved the
implementation of a school nutrition program for all sites.
2012 – Name officially changed name to Mountain Education Charter High School.
2013 – The MECHS board approved the first regional site at Bowman to serve
Elbert County, Hart County, and Madison County – to open June 3, 2013.
2013 – Georgia Charter Schools Commission approved 10-year charter renewal
2013 – New site opened in Elbert County
2014 – New site opened in Forsyth County
2014 – New site opened in Rabun County
2015 – MEC Pilot Program for Foothills Charter High School at Lee Arrendale
- January 2016 - A second site is opened in Forsyth County. The site is called "Hill Center," and Forsyth and surrounding county students are split between the two sites based upon residency.
- July 2016 - New site opened in Hall County
- Students from 34 counties have been served
- The MECHS has helped to decrease the seven-county collaborative dropout rate from 7.6% to 4.1%
year 25% to 33% of collaborative high schools’ graduates have made up
failed classes in the MECHS and have graduated on time with their peers
- July 2015 The Pilot Program - Lee Arrendale State Prison - graduated 16 graduates of our 323 graduates
- MECHS has increased the number of diplomas awarded from three in 1994, the first year of operation, to 315 in the 2015-2016 school year