Stephens County offers quality educational opportunities from early childhood and secondary education to technical studies and four-year degrees.
All Stephens County Schools are SACS accredited. Georgia uses the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI). The College and Career Ready Performance Index has multiple indicators to determine a school’s performance and will be a more comprehensive system that places measurable focus on all academic areas. The CCRPI reflects Georgia’s commitment to preparing students for post secondary transitions after graduation.
Stephens County Public Schools have been recognized for excellence by the Georgia Department of Education and take pride in statistics that prove they are among the best schools in the state.
North Georgia Technical College Currahee Campus
NGTC is a public, two-year technical college designed to prepare future workers for success in various occupations. The Currahee Campus of NGTC was completed in southern Stephens County in 2005. This campus is a 45,000+ square foot state-of-the-art facility located in Hayestone Brady Business Park. More than 30 degree and certificate programs are offered at NGTC. NGTC Website - Courses of Study
North Georgia Technical College also offers instruction in basic skills, GED ® Test preparation and ASSET and Compass Test preparation. There is no charge for books or materials used in adult education classes. For more information on Adult Education classes please visit NGT-Adult Education.
Toccoa Falls College
Toccoa Falls College is an accredited four-year Christian liberal arts college with a history of educational excellence since 1911. Its 1,000-acre campus includes the stunning Toccoa Falls, a 186-foot high waterfall (higher than Niagara Falls!) which is a popular tourist attraction and the inspiration for countless works of art. TFC currently offers 28 majors and 38 minors within three schools: Professional Studies, Arts and Sciences, and Christian Ministries. TFC Website - Courses of Study
In addition to our local colleges, six other colleges and universities are within 50 miles of Toccoa and Stephens County
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The Georgia Department of Education released the first edition of the new College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI in May 2013 and Stephens County Schools exceeded the state averages (based on a 100 point score).
- Stephens County Elementary Schools: 87.9 / state average 83.4
- Stephens County Middle School: 95.6 / state average 81.4
- Stephens County High School: 79.8 / state average 72.6
The CCRPI replaces Adequate Yearly Progress as the state’s mechanism for measuring achievement in schools and school systems.
The Georgia Department of Education released the list of Reward Schools in October 2013 and Eastanolle Elementary school was named as HIGHEST PERFORMING (top 5% of the state's Title 1 chools for Highest Peformance).
Stephens County School System - More than 100 years of excellence
- 2013 Graduation Rate: 90.8%. This ranks SCSS 14th in the state for students graduation on time.
- 57 percent of 2013 graduates qualified for the HOPE Scholarship.
- Ranked 14th in Georgia for students who graduate on time according to the KIDS COUNT data center.
- Stephens County students scored ABOVE state averages in each subject area on the CRCT for the 2012-2013 school year.
- Successful Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) campaigns have allowed the district to provide technological advancements such as new computers and interactive white boards.
- Stephens County School System received the Innovation in Sustainability Award from the Georgia Chapter of the US Green Building Council.
- The new Stephens County High School was completed in Spring of 2012. The new building is not only beautiful architecturally, but boasts the latest in technology driven educational features and state-of-the-art facilities for the athletic, fine arts, and Career, Technical and Agricultural Education departments. SCHS is the first LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certified building in Stephens County and one of only a handful of LEED certified high schools in Georgia.
- A Proud Tradition. A Brighter Future: 2013 Annual Report
The SCDA is responsible for the recruitment of new businesses including industrial, manufacturing, distribution, corporate and regional headquarters and customer service centers. It also provides support and assistance with all other types of economic development projects.
The SCDA also works with existing businesses and industries to ensure their continued success. While recruitment of new industry is a significant function, aiding in existing industry expansion and retention is just as significant. About 80 percent of all new jobs in Georgia come as a result of existing industry expansion.
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State Tax Credits
Opportunity Zone Tax Credit
Freeport Tax Exemption
Training and Education
Grants & Other Finance Options
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A couple of years ago, the Stephens County Development Authority informed us that we were located in an Opportunity Zone which qualified us for tax credits that were applied to our GA payroll taxes for adding new employees. We were able to realize these savings. We are thankful to our local development authority for making sure that we were taking advantage of all the tax credits available to us.-
From the beginning of our interest in moving to Toccoa-Stephens County, the Stephens County Development Authority made regular trips to our office to make sure we are adjusting to our new home and acclimated to the community resources in Stephens County. They provided a wealth of information on Georgia Business Incentives and tax incentives specific to Stephens County. They introduced us to many connections in Stephens County. We now are well connected with the Department of Labor and attend their monthly meeting and after SCDA's help with some paperwork we have taken advantage of GDOL's Incumbent Worker Program. The Development Authority also shared their long list of local vendors with us and we were able to find our utilities provider, an insurance agent, a computer technician and research local CPAs. Basically, the SCDA is our go to. If we can't figure it out or just need some guidance on an issue we don't hesitate to pick up the phone and call. We definitely appreciate the Stephens County Development Authority's efforts to make Toccoa a great place to do business. They truly make us feel welcome and appreciated in Stephens County!-