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MECHS Mission, Vision, Guiding Principles

Our History

  • August 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.
  • October 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.
  • August 1994 – The Lumpkin County School System joined the collaborative, and a third site was opened at the Lumpkin County High School campus.
  • August 1994 – The Crossroads Program, designed to serve the chronically disruptive student, the adjudicated student, and the truant student was added at all three sites.
  • October 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.
  • August 1999 – The White County School System became the seventh county to join the collaborative and sent students to the Lumpkin site.
  • August 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.
  • August 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.
  • August 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.
  • July 2012 – Name officially changed name to Mountain Education Charter High School.
  • January 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.
  • April 2013 – Georgia Charter Schools Commission approved 10-year charter renewal application.
  • June 2013 – New site opened in Elbert County
  • January 2014 – New site opened in Forsyth County
  • February 2014 – New site opened in Rabun County
  • January 2015 – MEC Pilot Program for Foothills Charter High School at Lee Arrendale State Prison
  • 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
  • January 2017 - New site opened in Bartow County
  • September 2017 - New site opened in Murray County

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