Wheeler High School

Wheeler High School serves 2,056 students in grades 9-12.
The student:teacher ratio of 15:1 is equal to the GA average of 15:1.
Minority enrollment is 69% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the state average of 56%.
Wheeler High School operates within the Cobb County School District.
The school district's 78% graduation rate is higher than the GA state average of 66%.


The student population of 2056 students has grown by 9% over five years.
The teacher population of 134 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
School Type Magnet School
Grades Offered Grades 9-12
Total Students 2,056 students
Gender % 52% Male / 48%Female
Total Classroom Teachers 134 teachers
Students by Grade

School Comparison

The student:teacher ratio of 15:1 has stayed the same over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.70 is more than the state average of 0.40. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
This School (GA) School Average
Student : Teacher Ratio 15:1 15:1
Two or more races
All Ethnic Groups
Diversity Score
The chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body.
0.70 0.40
Eligible for Free Lunch
Families meeting income eligibility guidelines may qualify for free and reduced price meals or free milk. These guidelines are used by schools, institutions, and facilities participating in the National School Lunch Program (and Commodity School Program), School Breakfast Program, Special Milk Program for Children, Child and Adult Care Food Program and Summer Food Service Program.
Eligible for Reduced
Families meeting income eligibility guidelines may qualify for free and reduced price meals or free milk. These guidelines are used by schools, institutions, and facilities participating in the National School Lunch Program (and Commodity School Program), School Breakfast Program, Special Milk Program for Children, Child and Adult Care Food Program and Summer Food Service Program.

District Comparison

The district's student population of 114,317 students has grown by 6% over five years.
The district's graduation rate of 78% has decreased from 96% over five years.
The district revenue/student of $10,375 is higher than the state average of $9,939. The district revenue/student has grown by 5% over four years.
The district spending/student of $10,180 is less than the state average of $10,367. The district spending/student has grown by 10% over four years.
School District Name Cobb County School District
Number of Schools
Number of Students Managed 114,317 3,197
Graduation Rate 78% 66%
District Total Revenue $1,108 MM $34 MM
District Spending $1,087 MM $36 MM
District Revenue / Student $10,375 $9,939
District Spending / Student $10,180 $10,367
School Statewide Testing View Education Department Test Scores
Source: 2013 (latest year available) NCES, GA Dept. of Education

School Notes:

  • Wheeler High School is located in northeast Cobb County, Georgia, USA. It is near the city of Marietta, about 15 miles northwest of downtown Atlanta. Wheeler has been in operation since 1965. It is a public school of the State of Georgia and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the Georgia High School Association. It is most notable for its magnet program and nationally ranked boys basketball team.
  • The Center For Advanced Studies Magnet Program: The program is a member of the National Consortium of Science, Math and Technology Magnet Schools (NCSSSMST), offering an advanced curriculum to highly motivated students. By 11th grade, Magnet students are taking college-level courses. Current students come from private, public and homeschool environments. The magnet offers an intimate, challenging education with like-minded peers. Admission is open to all qualified eighth graders who reside in Cobb County, Georgia. Admission is competitive and applications are due in early December. The Center for Advanced Studies is gaining national attention as a premier education opportunity.
  • History: The Center for Advanced Studies opened in the fall of 2000 in a new 33,000 square foot facility designed especially for the program and located on the campus of Wheeler High School in Marietta, Georgia. It is currently receiving an expansion in the form of the construction of a new science wing. A more recent graduate of Wheeler high school, Andrew Marler, is currently the owner of several oil companies in India. He routinely visits Joseph Wheeler.
  • Notable Achievements: Wheeler's basketball has been a nationally ranked program over the past few years, winning 3 State titles in 4 years. With wins over regional powerhouses from Texas, Florida, and Pennsylvania, Wheeler's national profile continues to grow. With a variety of players at the college and pro level in many sports, Wheeler's athletic programs continue to improve. The robotics club participates in the FIRST Robotics League and BEST Robotics Championships each year, earning the Chairman's Award three years in a row. The 2005 One-Act Play "Jerry Finnegan's Sister" won the Region and State Titles and received the awards for Best Actor and Actress in Region and Best Actor in State. The debate team is nationally competitive and rapidly growing. Participants from the school were semifinalists in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair and the Siemens Westinghouse Competition in 2006.
  • Population: Wheeler Cluster Schools include: Middle School - East Cobb Middle; Elementary Schools - East Valley, Sope Creek, Sedalia Park, Brumby & Powers Ferry.
  • Wheeler offers a wide range of courses including honors courses, more than 25 AP classes, many Post-AP courses; including Genetics and Internship. Wheeler also has technical/vocational courses for those seeking a vocational diploma. The Center for Advanced Studies offers dual college prep and technology seals on a participant's high school diploma.
  • MASCOT: Scratch the Wildcat.
  • COLORS: Navy Blue, Gold, and White.
  • Notable Alumni: Shareef Abdur-Rahim; Jeremy Hermida; Jermareo Davidson; Bob Tway; Robby Ginepri; Dax Griffin; Ed Guthrie; Robert Shaw; Russel Clayton.
  • The school is named after civil war general Joseph Wheeler.

Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is George W. Hartmann Center (1.9 miles away)
The nearest middle school is East Cobb Middle School (0.1 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Sedalia Park Elementary School (1 miles away)
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • MariettaEast Cobb Middle School
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    380 Holt Rd Ne
    MariettaGA 30068
    0.1 mi | Gr. 6-8 | 1285 students                      
  • MariettaSedalia Park Elementary School
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    2230 Lower Roswell Rd
    MariettaGA 30068
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    1 mi | Gr. PK-5 | 832 students                      
  • MariettaEastvalley Elementary School
    2570 Lower Roswell Rd
    MariettaGA 30068
    1.1 mi | Gr. PK-5 | 654 students                      
  • MariettaPowers Ferry Elementary School
    403 Powers Ferry Rd Se
    MariettaGA 30067
    1.5 mi | Gr. PK-5 | 472 students                      
  • MariettaSope Creek Elementary School
    3320 Paper Mill Rd Se
    MariettaGA 30067
    1.8 mi | Gr. PK-5 | 1170 students                      

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