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School Code Numbers

School Code Numbers provide a descriptive and unique identifier for each school. This facilitates administration, budgeting, construction, student population projections, and a host of other management applications for the Georgia Department of Education.

Georgia has 180 school systems comprised of 159 counties and 21 cities. There are over 1,800 schools and special entities in these 180 systems.

What School Code Numbers Mean

The school code number is comprised of two parts. The first part is a 3-digit number (###) identifying the school system.

  • The county systems are numbered from 601 (Appling County) to 759 (Worth County).
  • The city systems are numbered from 761 (Atlanta) to 793 (Vidalia).

The second part is a 4-digit number (####) identifying the school.

  • Schools may have duplicate numbers, but only if located in different school systems.

Steps in the Assignment of a School Code Number

  1. The five year Local Facilities Plan (LFP) for each school system includes all proposed new schools to be built by the school system with state and/or local funds.
  2. The new facility may be replacing a current school or it could be an additional school.
  3. An estimated opening date for the school is identified by the local school system.
  4. The school code number assigned will be partially determined by the school year it is estimated to be opened.
  5. Secondly the number will be determined by the number of schools within the school system opening during the same school year.


Sample School System (school system #999) is planning to open 5 schools in the near future.

School School Code #
ABC Elementary School will open in August 1998. 999—0199
DEF High School will open in August 1998. 999—0299
MNO Middle School will open in August 1999. 999—0100
RST High School will open in January 2000. 999—0200
XYZ ElementarySchool will open in August 2000. 999—0101

The primary linkage in various Department of Education databases will be the school code number.

The following items are some of the information fields that will be contained in the databases:

  1. Official and common usage names of the school.
  2. Life stage of the school – Proposed (1); Funded (2); Under Construction (3); Open (4); Closed-Mission Change (5); Closed-Empty (6); Reopened-Mission Change (7); Demolition or Sold (8); Project Withdrawn (9).
  3. Date the school initially opened for students.
  4. Physical location and mailing address.
  5. Telephone number.
  6. Principal’s name.
  7. Type of school – Regular, Alternative, Evening School, Pre-Kindergarten, Special Education, Psychoeducational (Satellite or Center), Adult Education, Vocational School, Head Start, etc.
  8. Facility Type – Elementary, Middle, High or Combination.
  9. Grade Structure.
  10. Will student population counts (full-time equivalent also known as FTE) be generated by this school?
  11. Total number of teachers.
  12. Total number of instructional units.
  13. Report Card information.
  14. Financial reimbursements to the local school systems.
  15. Various management reports for interested parties.
  16. Quality Based Education (QBE) curricula for each school.