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Murray County residents are proud of their first-class public school system, private schools, and access to higher education.

Students thrive here, earning numerous regional awards and state championships in career-inspiring pursuits including arts, sciences, agriculture, music, and sports.

The Murray County Public School system is comprised of 11 schools and a Pre-K Center with current enrollment of more than 6,800 students. The student to teacher ratio is 15:1, which means more attention for students who are learning and growing up together.

At the close of the 2022 school year, Grades 3-8 achieved above state averages in mathematics and reading, and the high schools are above state averages for American literature and algebra.

Students receive a foundation for lifelong learning through a rigorous academic curriculum, comprehensive 21st century career, technical and agriculture pathways, and extensive opportunities for extracurricular participation in the arts, athletics, and leadership.

In partnership with Georgia Northwestern Technical College and Dalton State College, Murray County Public Schools has one of the leading dual enrollment programs in the state, allowing high school students to simultaneously earn high school and college credits. The school system also has a strong, work-based learning component that connects classroom experience to career goals.

The recent academic year sent students to state championships in basketball, wrestling, tennis, band, public speaking, arts, and robotics. Young Georgia Authors were named, and finalists worked their way closer to the Governor’s Honors Program. Records were set, and more are to come as Murray County welcomes new and returning students to join in camaraderie and lifelong learning.

Here in Chatsworth, one of the 18 North Georgia campuses of this alternative high school offers self-paced coursework for students to achieve a Georgia high school diploma. The Murray County campus serves full-time students, as well as students who take a class/classes part time and transfer the completed credit(s) back to their high school. MECHS is open year-round with classes available Monday through Thursday 4:30-9 p.m. Coursework is based on mastery learning and facilitated by accredited teachers.

Murray Campus

2568 Mt. Carmel Church Rd.
Chatsworth, GA 30705


A private, coeducational K-12 school, the curricula are designed so every student can progress at their own pace to develop self-discipline and responsibility, and seek and define progress and accountability with their faith in God and humankind.

7624 Hwy. 225 S.
Chatsworth, GA 30705


Christian Heritage School (CHS) is a multi-denominational, coed, college-preparatory Christian school. With more than 500 kindergarten to 12th grade students, the average class size is 16, creating strong bonds that inspire growth. Seated on 150 acres, the CHS campus has two divisions, with grades K-8 on the south side and grades 9-12 on the north side. CHS provides an experience encompassing academics that challenge, athletics that build, arts that inspire, and active faith that endures.

1600 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Dalton, GA 30721


The Georgia Accrediting Commission certifies this Montessori School in Ellijay offering hands-on, individualized education for ages 3-12. PHMS offers a Home School Program for middle and high school students in The Learning Center. The Montessori approach draws its principles from natural human development, embracing the wonder and curiosity of every child. Educators are Georgia-certified, American Meteorological Society-certified, and Teacher Leader accredited.

2228 Pleasant Gap Cir.
Ellijay, GA 30540


Higher Education

As an institution of the University System of Georgia, Dalton State College offers targeted bachelor's degrees, associate degrees, career certificate programs, high school dual enrollment, and a variety of public service activities. Dalton State was recently ranked No. 10 for Best Public Colleges in Georgia 2022 by Academic Influence, a college rankings system developed by a team of academics and data scientists.

Student enrollment is nearly 5,000 and attracts students from 35 countries worldwide. Minutes from Murray County, the college is accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Dalton State is Georgia’s first and only Hispanic-Serving Institution, a federal designation given to colleges with a student population that is at least 25% Hispanic.

650 College Dr.
Dalton, GA 30720


Georgia Northwestern Technical College is the largest college in Northwest Georgia with an enrollment of 8,500 students across 6 campus locations. The college offers technical and academic instruction leading to associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates of credit programs. Additionally, non-credit continuing education, economic development, high school dual enrollment, and adult education services are offered. More than 200 career pathways can be followed in Aviation, Business, Health, Industrial, and Public Service programs of study.

Georgia Northwestern Technical College and Dalton State College established articulation agreements that allow students graduating from select GNTC programs a transition opportunity into specific Dalton State four-year degree programs.

Whitfield Murray Campus

2310 Maddox Chapel Rd.
Dalton, GA 30721

866-983-GNTC (4682)







126 N. Third Avenue, Chatsworth, GA 30705
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