The Mountain Education Charter High School would like to make the
community aware of a valuable resource. We are an individualized,
self-paced, accredited evening high school for students who have not
completed high school. All coursework is based on mastery learning and
is facilitated by accredited teachers. Students have a choice of
attending one of our fifteen campuses located in Bartow, Dawson, Elbert, Fannin, Forsyth,
Gilmer, Habersham, Hall, Lumpkin, Pickens, Rabun, Stephens, Union, and White
Counties. Forsyth County has two sites, the Forsyth Site and the Hill Center Site. The following "FAQ" is meant to provided you with helpful
information so you will decide to enroll today! If you need further
information please call (706) 219-4664.
Is the Mountain Education Charter High School (MECHS) a "real" High School?
The Mountain Education Charter High School has been around since 1993. We are accredited just like any other high school. MECHS was
founded to help decrease Georgia's drop out rate by offering
students an option other than traditional day high schools. The main
difference is MECHS holds classes at night rather than during the day.
We are open from 4:00 to 9:30 PM Mondays through Thursdays. There are no
classes on Fridays.
What are some reasons students attend MECHS?
enroll at MECHS for many different reasons. Some students must work
during the day or take care of families. Other students have quit high
school in the past and decide to come back for their diploma. Students
also enroll to make up classes they have failed at their local high
school. Still others prefer a self-paced, individualized curriculum.
What are the ages of your students?
MECHS students are age 16 to 21. Students who are 15 may enroll under
certain circumstances, and students over 21 may enroll if they are close
to graduating and get permission from an administrator.
What does "self-paced, individualized curriculum" mean?
means students can work on any class at any time. Our curriculum is a facilitated-blended learning model, and students can work at their own pace with the support of a teacher. There are no traditional lecture classes. Courses
cannot be failed, and we stress mastery learning. Teachers oversee
students and facilitate student learning and progress.
Who are the teachers at MECHS?
teachers are dedicated, State of Georgia certified professionals from
local high schools in Georgia. Many work a full day at their
respective high school, and work at MECHS at night, and some are
retired. Students frequently come to MECHS and recognize our teachers
from their own high schools.
Why would I get a high school diploma instead of a GED?
who plan to pursue continued education after graduation recognize the
importance of a high school diploma over a GED. Not all students are in a
position to attend a traditional day high school, but MECHS can provide
the opportunity to achieve both goals. A student seeking to enter the
military will find that most branches will not accept a GED. Mountain
Education Charter High School offers these young people an opportunity
to obtain a traditional high school diploma.
Is MECHS a disciplinary school?
it is not. While some of our students have encountered challenges at
their previous high school, students are not sent to us because of
discipline problems. Students with discipline problems are only accepted
on a case by case basis with approval from an administrator.
What classes are offered at MECHS?
has many of the same classes offered at traditional day high schools.
We offer all the classes that the state of Georgia requires for
graduation. Please see our website for specifics.
Who are the administrators for the MECHS System?
is a collaborative governing board made up of members from the counties
that participate in MECHS: Pickens, Gilmer, Fannin, Union, Towns,
White, and Lumpkin. This board meets once per month to make decisions
about MECHS and approve personnel. Dr. Wayne Lovell is the MECHS Superintendent and a community member at large.
I have a very busy schedule. Will I have time to attend MECHS?
time spent at MECHS is up to the student. You may attend any time
between 4:00 and 9:30, Mondays - Thursdays, and stay as long as you
wish. To be considered full-time, you must attend 20 hours per week.
My child failed two classes at his high school. Can MECHS help?
Yes! For a reasonable fee, students can attend their day high school and come to MECHS at night to make up classes.
What happens if I keep failing a test at MECHS?
stresses subject mastery. If a student keeps failing a test, the course
will be reviewed with the teacher until the student can pass the test. A tutor can be
provided to assist the student, and the classroom teacher is always
available to review materials for the test. Courses cannot be failed at
My child loves playing on her high school basketball team. Can she still play if she attends MECHS?
students who attend both their own high school and MECHS can continue
to play sports for their high school. Students who only attend MECHS
Does MECHS have the same student services as other high schools?
have many of the same student services as other high schools: special
education, ESOL, counseling, graduation coaches, student clubs,
career/college/tech workshops, dual enrollment, Georgia High School
Graduation Test prep, and tutoring.
I know someone who needs a diploma, but doesn't speak English very well.
offers ESOL for students under the age of 21 with a different first
language, which helps them along the path to graduation.
Do students have to take all state mandated tests?
Yes. These are state requirements for graduation.
Can I do dual enrollment at vocational school/college?
Students must have earned 15 or more credits and must meet the
requirements of the college/tech school. Please talk to an MECHS career
counselor for more information regarding these requirements.
What about graduation?
graduate from MECHS as soon as they complete their graduation
requirements. MECHS holds a graduation ceremony once per year for all
students who have graduated that year.
How may students graduated from MECHS last year?
In the 2015-2016 school year, MECHS had 315 graduates.
What do most students do after graduation?
MECHS diploma opens the door to many opportunities. MECHS students find
career success in a number of ways. May of them pursue higher education
by attending college, while others volunteer for military service. Some
students go immediately in the the work force. We frequently hear from
our graduates and are proud of their accomplishments.
Where is MECHS?
MECHS has sites in Bartow, Dawson, Elbert, Fannin, Forsyth, Gilmer, Habersham, Hall, Lumpkin, Pickens, Rabun, Stephens, Union, and White Counties. MECHS does not offer bus service.
I want to enroll. What do I do next?
by your nearest MECHS site to register. Call (706) 219-4664 for directions to the
MECHS site nearest you. Click HERE
for more information on enrollment procedures.