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Living In Hiawassee, Georgia

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Hiawassee is a small town on the shores of Chatuge Lake, in Towns County. The tiny town is a bit over 2 hours north of downtown Atlanta, where it also serves as the county seat. Hiawassee is the only municipality in Towns County and almost straddles the North Carolina border.

 

The town's name comes from the Cherokee word for "meadow". The city and its Hiawassee River have long been popular tourist areas. From the 1800s through the 1930s, wealthy families from the lowlands would "summer in the mountains" to escape the heat and the disease of more populated areas. Today, outdoor recreation and the joys of the mountains draw hundreds of thousands each year to Hiawassee.

Lake Chatuge is a TVA Reservoir popular for swimming, boating, jet skiing, paddling, sport fishing, and other water sports.  The Hiwassee River feeds the dam that created the Lake, and is known as "the hidden jewel of trout fishing”.  And for world-class hiking, there are several entrances to the Appalachian Trail at various locations in the area. 

 

The Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds is located in Hiawassee. The facility brings in leading music performers and is site and host of the very popular Georgia Mountain Fair, featuring the Fred Hamilton Rhododendron Garden. If you like mountain air, outdoor recreation, boating and spectacular vistas, Hiawassee has room for you.

 

THINGS TO SEE AND DO IN HIAWASSEE

Exploring life in Hiawassee is a good decision, and here are fun things to know:

 

*APPALACHIAN TRAIL - The Southern Highroads Trail passes through Hiawassee and alongside Lake Chatuge, a TVA Reservoir popular for swimming, boating, jet skiing, paddling, sport fishing, and other water sports.  Hiwassee River is known as "the hidden jewel of trout fishing”. There are several entrances to the Appalachian Trail at various locations in the area.

 

*CHATUGE LAKE- is a 7,200-acre body of water straddling the Georgia-North Carolina border. It was created in the 1940s, by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) for flood control along the Hiawassee River. With 132 miles of shoreline, perfect for boating, fishing, skiing, swimming, picnicking in secluded coves & camping. There are many public boat ramps that offer easy access to all water sports. A swimming beach, playgrounds and numerous picnic tables are also provided at the Towns County Recreational Beach. Many of the campgrounds are located on the scenic lakeshore or choose from other campgrounds that offer more private settings.

 

*YOUNG HARRIS WATERSPORTS & MOUNTAIN WAKE CABLE PARK - is located in Hiawassee. Cable wakeboarding is wakeboarding while being pulled not by a boat, but by an overhead cableski system, giving you a thrill and a rush of adrenaline! It combines the best of the best of the extreme nature of wakeboarding without the need for, or expense of, a boat.

 

*CRYSTAL RIVER RANCH – is located in the beautiful mountains of northeast Georgia in Hiawassee. Presently Crystal River Ranch has 23 llamas and two alpacas. Check out Crystal River vacation cabin rental, located right across the road from the farm. Beautiful Hightower Creek flows just a few feet from the front porch.  Cabin guests get the opportunity to come to the farm and visit the llamas. Additionally, beautiful hats, scarves, shawls, ponchos, etc. from handspun llama, alpaca, and mohair are sold.

 

*GEORGIA MOUNTAIN FAIRGROUNDS – plays host to several popular annual events including the Georgia Mountain Fair, the Superstar Concert Series, the Georgia Mountain Fall Festival and Georgia’s Official State Fiddler’s Convention.

 

The Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds are located along the shores of beautiful Lake Chatuge in the north Georgia mountain community of Hiawassee and is only two hours from Atlanta, Greenville, Asheville and Chattanooga. The Fairgrounds offer a wide-variety of unique venues, and beautiful year-round camping facilities.

 

*FRED HAMILTON RHODODENDRON GARDEN – is located within the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds. Open year-round, the Garden boasts one of the largest collections of hybrid rhododendrons in the state of Georgia. With more than 3,000 plants in bloom from early April to late May, visitors are invited to tour the gardens along their pine bark trail on the shores of Lake Chatuge.

 

*HIAWASSEE ANTIQUE MALL – is Northeast Georgia's largest antique mall. Hiawassee Antique Mall contains a beautifully displayed array of quality antiques and collectibles, including primitive and fine furniture, Southern pottery, crystal, china, glassware, toys, books, vintage jewelry, Coke collectibles, tools, linens, cookbooks and much, much more. Conveniently located in the heart of Hiawassee, Georgia, there is ample free parking, a "hubby hole" for the gentlemen to relax while the ladies shop, and soothing music to help make your visit enjoyable.

 

*HIGHTOWER CREEK VINEYARDS – is conveniently located in picturesque Hiawassee, and approximately a two-hour drive from Atlanta, Chattanooga, Greenville, or Asheville. Stop by in the spring and have a taste! Hightower Creek is a small-production, family-owned and operated farm vineyard and winery in the North Georgia Mountains. Taking advantage of the unique Appalachian climate, Hightower Creek Vineyards grows and produces high-quality handcrafted Georgia wines.

 

*RIDGES RESORT & MARINA – is nestled in a beautiful cove and has everything necessary for a day of fun on Lake Chatuge. Whether you’re a casual or serious boater, you’ll find all of your needs met at the full-service marina. Rent a boat and work up an appetite as you breathe in the fresh air, or dock your private boat and come ashore for some snacks at the Marina store.

 

*BOUNDARY WATERS RESORT & MARINA – is on the shores of Lake Chatuge in Hiawassee. Come share its peaceful world. The Hiawassee resort is located in the North Georgia Mountains and has perfect accommodations for a family vacation, a romantic getaway, or a day of boating pleasure.  Two hours from Atlanta, Chattanooga, TN, and Asheville, NC, the full service marina is nestled in a protected cove on Lake Chatuge, with lakeside lodging available. 200 covered wet slips and certified marine mechanical services are also offered.  You will go to the right place if you are looking for North Georgia boat sales, lodging, and marina.

 

*ANDERSON MUSIC HALL – has hosted countless musical legends since it was constructed in 1979. This 2,900-seat theatre is an ideal spot to take in a performance in Hiawassee during the many musical events scheduled at the fairgrounds throughout the year. Anderson Music Hall is also available for private groups and functions.

 

*HIGH SHOALS FALLS - is a spectacular succession of five waterfalls gracing this 170-acre scenic area. These falls have an estimated total vertical drop of 300 feet. The 1.2-mile High Shoals Trail follows along High Shoals Creek to observation decks beside two of the five streams cascading in the High Shoals Scenic Area. Take GA 75 N from Helen for 1.4 miles. Turn right on FS Rd 283 at the High Shoals sign. Go 1.5 miles on this road.

 

THE QUALITY OF LIFE IN HIAWASSEE

It has become almost routine for Hiawassee to be praised as a wonderful place to live in Georgia. Residents' testimonials, articles and various organizations bestow glowing reviews and accolades about living here. With these superlatives publicized for so long, the Metro Atlanta area's fame as a great place to live has been a magnet attracting people, like you, to explore and relocate to Hiawassee.

 

This sense of the Hiawassee good life is expressed on the website of the Towns County website, www.townscountyga.com.

 

"Towns County is a small rural mountain county in extreme northeast Georgia with a population of approximately 10,000 (according to the 2000 census).  Towns County's northern border joins North Carolina.  Within the boundariesof Towns County are the cities of Hiawassee and Young Harris. 

"Towns County has experienced a great deal of growth in the last 20 years and the population swells significantly during the summer months due to the lake recreation activities and the Georgia Mountain Fair."

 

-TOWNS COUNTY website

 

Of course, the economy also plays a significant part in any new move, and Hiawassee is no exception. If you would like to explore the business or employment environment in Hiawassee, excellent resources are available from the organizations below:

 

TOWN OF HIAWASSEE
706-896-2203

 

TOWNS COUNTY

706-896-2276

www.townscountyga.com

 

TOWNS COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

706-896-4966

www.mountaintopga.com
 

WHY MOVE TO HIAWASSEE?
Hiawassee and her neighboring communities share several common benefits. The first great reason to live in the Greater Metro Atlanta area is the wonderful climate. Spring and summer are filled with a bouquet of blossoms that flood the visual and olfactory senses. Parks and beautiful homes treat citizens and visitors alike with colors as if from the palette of a great landscape painter. The fall blazes with glorious colors so awesome that it almost takes your breath away. The winters are mild, and every now and then, the students get a day off for a light snow. It rarely gets below freezing. How could anyone not like the weather and climate in Hiawassee, Georgia?

The second reason to live in Hiawassee is that it is a great place to buy a home. Hiawassee real estate is affordable. Newcomers can choose between well-established homes for sale or new homes in outstanding new home communities. You can choose a lot and build a custom home. Simply select a homebuilder from the many in Greater Metro Atlanta. A qualified REALTORĂ’, real estate agent, mortgage broker or loan officer can assist in the home purchase process and can guide you through the process of finding and buying real estate in Hiawassee.

Schools are another reason Greater Metro Atlanta is a wonderful place to live. Oh yeah - families especially love the schools in Hiawassee. In fact, some of the best schools in Greater Metro Atlanta are found in Hiawassee. Towns County Schools, frequently cited for several outstanding programs, services Hiawassee. Hiawassee schools are considered safe places for students.

 

HIAWASSEE'S NEIGHBORS, TRAVEL DISTANCES AND TIMES There are 28 counties in the Greater Metro Atlanta region; 43 counties when including areas into which the Metro is rapidly expanding. Hiawassee is one of 110 sister communities in the region.

The chart below lists Metro Atlanta's neighboring communities, and the mileage and travel time from downtown Atlanta.County seats are denoted by *. The handy list will help in your Metro Atlanta home search:
 

CITY                  COUNTY     CENSUS     TO ATLANTA DOWNTOWN

 

HIAWASSEE*      Towns        810           109 miles   2hrs-12 minutes

 

ACWORTH          Cobb         20,245       32 miles     44 minutes

ALPHARETTA       Fulton        57,551       28 miles     36 minutes

ANSLEY PARK     Fulton        24,884       5 miles      11 minutes

ATHENS*           Clarke       115,542     70 miles     1 hr-33 minutes

AUBURN             Barrow      6,887        42 miles     56 minutes

AUSTELL            Cobb         6,581        17 miles     28 minutes

BARNESVILLE*    Lamar       6,755        60 miles     1hr-5 minutes

BLAIRSVILLE*     Union        652           99 miles     1hr-56 minutes

BLUE RIDGE*      Fannin       1,209        93 miles     1hr-38 minutes

BRASELTON        Barrow      7,511        49 miles     59 minutes

BREMEN             Haralson    6,227        47 miles     58 minutes
BROOKHAVEN     Fulton        40,456       11 miles     19 minutes

BUCHANAN*       Haralson    6,218        55 miles     1 hr-8 minutes

BUCKHEAD         Fulton        78,676       9 miles      16 minutes

BUFORD             Gwinnett    12,255       39 miles     59 minutes

CANTON*           Cherokee   22,958       40 miles     47 minutes

CARROLLTON*    Carroll       24,388       50 miles     1hr-4 minutes

CARTERSVILLE*  Bartow       19,731       42 miles     54 minutes

CHAMBLEE         DeKalb       9,892        14 miles     23 minutes
CHASTAIN  PARKFulton        53,367       10 miles     19 minutes

CLARKESVILLE*  Habersham1,733        85 miles     1hr-34 minutes

CLARKSTON        DeKalb       7,554        11 miles     23 minutes

CLAYTON*          Rabun        2,047        108 miles   1hr-57 minutes

CLEVELAND*       White        3,410        78 miles     1hr-30 minutes

COLLEGE PARK    Fulton        13,942       11 miles     18 minutes

COMMERCE        Jackson     6,544        69 miles     1hr-18 minutes

CONYERS*         Rockdale    15,195       24 miles     35 minutes

COVINGTON*      Newton      13,118       35 miles     46 minutes

CUMMING*         Forsyth      5,430        39 miles     46 minutes

DACULA             Gwinnett    4,804        37 miles     49 minutes

DAHLONEGA*     Lumpkin     5,242        66 miles     1hr-13 minutes

DALLAS*            Paulding     11,544       32 miles     49 minutes

DAWSONVILLE*  Dawson      2,536        57 miles     1hr-6 minutes

DECATUR*          DeKalb       19,335       6 miles      15 minutes

DORAVILLE         DeKalb       8,330        14 miles     24 minutes

DOUGLASVILLE   Douglas     30,961       22 miles     32 minutes

DRUID HILLS      DeKalb       14,568       5 miles      11 minutes

DULUTH             Gwinnett    26,600       26 miles     36 minutes

DUNWOODY       DeKalb       46,267       17 miles     23 minutes

EAST COBB        Cobb         169,756     19 miles     34 minutes

EAST POINT       Fulton        33,712       8 miles      15 minutes

ELLIJAY*            Gilmer       1,619        18 miles     1hr-24 minutes

FAIRBURN          Fulton        12,950       21 miles     28 minutes

FAYETTEVILLE*   Fayette      15,945       21 miles     28 minutes

FLOWERY BRANCH  Hall        5,679        46 miles     53 minutes

FOREST PARK     Clayton      18,468       46 miles     53 minutes

FORSYTH*          Monroe      3,788        62 miles     1hr-9 minutes

FRANKLIN*         Heard                898           59 miles     1hr-17 minutes

GAINESVILLE*    Hall           33,804       54 miles     1hr-2 minutes

GRANT PARK       Fulton        26,996       2 miles      5 minutes

GREENVILLE       Meriwether1,019        68 miles     1hr-19 minutes

GRIFFIN             Spalding     23,643       40 miles     53 minutes

HAMPTON          Henry                6,987        29 miles     43 minutes

HAPEVILLE         Fulton        6,373        9 miles      14 minutes

HOSCHTON        Jackson     1,377        50 miles     58 minutes

HOLLY SPRINGS  Cherokee   9,189        37 miles     42 minutes

INMAN PARK       Fulton        21,644       2 miles      7 minutes

JACKSON*          Butts         3,994        48 miles     59 minutes

JASPER*            Pickens      3,684        61 miles     1hr-5 minutes

JEFFERSON*       Jackson     9,432        62 miles     1hr-10 minutes

JOHNS CREEK     Fulton        76,728       27 miles     40 minutes

JONESBORO*      Clayton      4,724        18 miles     29 minutes

KENNESAW         Cobb         29,783       27 miles     35 minutes

KIRKWOOD        DeKalb       16,643       4 miles      10 minutes

LAGRANGE         Troup                29,588       68 miles     1hr-17 minutes

LAKE LANIER      Hall/Forsyth                49 miles     1hr-4 minutes

LAWRENCEVILLEGwinnett    28,546       32 miles     42 minutes

LILBURN            Gwinnett    11,596       23 miles     34 minutes

LOCUST GROVE   Henry                5,402        38 miles     48 minutes

LOGANVILLE       Walton       10,963       32 miles     45 minutes

MARIETTA*        Cobb         56,579       20 miles     30 minutes

MCDONOUGH*    Henry                22,084       31 miles     42 minutes

MIDTOWN          Fulton        46,348       3 miles      8 minutes  

MILTON             Fulton        32,661       32 miles     44 minutes

MONROE*          Walton       13,324       44 miles     58 minutes

MONTICELLO*    Jasper       2,428        63 miles     1hr-22 minutes

MORNINGSIDE    Fulton        28,152       5 miles      12 minutes

NEWNAN*          Coweta      33,039       39 miles     49 minutes

NORCROSS         Gwinnett    9,116        20 miles     38 minutes

PALMETTO          Coweta      4,488        28 miles     38 minutes

PEACHTREE CITYFayette      34,524       32 miles     48 minutes

POWDER SPRINGS Cobb       13,940       22 miles     35 minutes

RIVERDALE         Clayton      12,478       16 miles     24 minutes

ROSWELL           Fulton        88,346       22 miles     29 minutes

SANDY SPRINGSFulton        93,853       16 miles     19 minutes

SENOIA             Coweta      3,307        39 miles     59 minutes

SHARPSBURG     Coweta      316           39 miles     54 minutes

SMYRNA             Cobb         51,271       16 miles     25 minutes

SNELLVILLE        Gwinnett    18,242       25 miles     36 minutes

SOCIAL CIRCLE   Walton       4,262        45 miles     57 minutes

STOCKBRIDGE    Henry                25,636       20 miles     36 minutes

STONE MOUNTAIN DeKalb    5,802        14 miles     30 minutes

SUGAR HILL       Gwinnett    18,522       39 miles     51 minutes

SUWANEE          Gwinnett    15,355       32 miles     41 minutes

TOCCOA*           Stephens    8,491        94 miles     1 hr-43 minutes

TOWNE LAKE      Cherokee   4,435        32 miles     38 minutes

TUCKER             DeKalb       27,581       14 miles     26 minutes

TYRONE             Fayette      6,879        27 miles     39 minutes

UNION CITY       Fulton        19,456       19 miles     27 minutes

VILLA RICA         Carroll       13,956       33 miles     45 minutes

VININGS            Cobb         9,734        12 miles     19 minutes

VIRGINIA-HIGHLAND Fulton  5,565        4 miles      10 minutes

WATKINSVILLE*  Oconee      2,832        69 miles     1 hr-27 minutes

WEST COBB        Cobb                         19 miles     34 minutes

WINDER*           Barrow      12,451       55 miles     1 hr-5 minutes

WOODSTOCK      Cherokee   23,896       30 miles     36 minutes

ZEBULON*         Pike          1,181        49 miles     1 hr-1 minute

COMMUNITY DATA FOR HIAWASSEE, GEORGIA
 

HIAWASSEE POPULATION: 810
metro population: 5,268,860
state population: 9,687,653
national population: 308,745,538

HIAWASSEE HOUSEHOLD INCOME: $40,618
average national household income: $51,660  

HIAWASSEE COST OF LIVING INDEX: 101              
average national cost of living: 100               

HIAWASSEE MEDIAN HOME PRICE: $175,100

median national home price: $183,450          

HIAWASSEE PROPERTY TAX RATE: $3.15
per $1,000 of Hiawassee assessed home value

average national property tax rate: $11.20

HIAWASSEE CRIME RATE: 3

average national Crime Rate: 4 ranked 1-10, best to worst

So here you are. You have made your choice to move to Georgia, specifically to the Greater Metro Atlanta area. Good choice! Many people have decided that living here will provide the very best lifestyle available, including buying a home in Hiawassee, landing the best employment and even finding the best schools and/or higher education.

 

Thousands of people have made the decision to relocate to Metro Atlanta, just like you. A newcomer will find why Metro Atlanta has ranked as one of the best regions in America to live or work, to buy the best real estate, to start a business, to raise a family, or even to retire.

 

CONNECT UTILITIES IN HIAWASSEE BY CONTACTING:

POWER:                    

Blue Ridge Mountain EMC             

706-379-3121

www.brmemc.com

WATER & SEWER:       

Towns County Water & Sewer Authority         

706-896-4372

www.mountaintopga.com

GAS:

AmeriGas          

706-896-3742

www.amerigas.com

TRASH & RECYCLING

Benny’s Sanitation Incorporated

706-896-2573

 

PUBLIC EDUCATION

To better help you select the best Hiawassee school for your children, read what Towns County Schools says on its website, www.towns.k12.ga.us

"Since the establishment of the Towns County School System in 1856, the residents of this community have provided their young people with an educational experience focused on academic success. This emphasis on a quality educational experience was important to those who established our schools and continues today. Our mission statement; "to ensure that all students achieve at their highest potential" focuses on each student’s ability to succeed at a higher level.

"Our staff of dedicated professionals work with individual students to enhance their educational experience. Our small size and rural environment reinforces this emphasis on the individual learner. We, as an educational community, are privileged to work with the students of Towns County."

-TOWNS COUNTY SCHOOLS website

 

TESTING

To understand the testing of public school students in Georgia, parents will need to know at least two terms:

EOCT- "End of Course Tests" are required at the end of each school year, grades 9-12. These tests are designed to measure student performance on the goals, objectives and competency measurements specified by Georgia. See www.doe.k12.ga.us

AYP- "Adequate Yearly Progress" is a measurement of how every public k-12 school and district in the country meets the No Child Left Behind standards. AYP “sets the bar” for school performance by groups of students, and schools and districts can either clear the bar or miss it. Districts need to meet every single performance target set for them. Targets are set for Hiawassee student attendance, cohort graduation rates, and for student performance on the Georgia standardized tests in reading and mathematics.

CHARTER SCHOOLS IN GEORGIA
Georgia charter schools are independent public schools that exist to offer Hiawassee students, parents and educators choices in teaching, learning methods and environments. An emphasis is placed on innovation and accountability with improved student achievement the common goal.

Charter schools provide parents a choice in the education of their children - and it is a public choice. Charter Schools are tuition free. Public tax dollars are the primary funding sources for charter schools. Local, state, and federal dollars follow the child to a charter school. The schools have open enrollment with no discrimination, no religious associations, and no tuition.

 

Parents must contact each individual charter school to see if they have openings. If charter schools have more applicants than available slots, an open lottery must be instituted to fill the remaining spots. For a list of Georgia charter schools and their locations, please visit the Georgia Department of Education at www.doe.k12.ga.us, or the Georgia Charter Schools Association: www.gachaters.org

 

Nationwide, there are now approximately 5,600 public charter schools in 41 states and the District of Columbia, educating more than 2 million public charter school students. Georgia public charter schools are intended to improve the state's traditional public school system. Presently, there are 177 charter schools in Georgia, serving over 72,000 students.

Any Georgia charter school, while independently operated, must meet four requirements, like any other state public school:
*Tuition-free and open to every student who wishes to enroll;
*Non-sectarian, and do not discriminate on any basis;
*Funded by local, state & federal tax dollars like other public schools;
*Held accountable to state and federal academic standards;
*Georgia charter schools must take the state mandated tests.

PRIVATE SCHOOLS IN HIAWASSEE

Private schools, also known as independent schools or non-state schools, are independent, nonprofit schools with carefully defined missions, governed by boards of trustees, and supported by tuition payments, charitable contributions and endowment revenue. Private schools are not administered by Hiawassee, or by Georgia, or by the Federal government; thus, they retain the right to select their students and are funded in whole or in part by charging their students tuition, rather than relying on public funding.

 

Many Hiawassee students can qualify for financial aid to a private school, such as a sport scholarship, an art, or an academic scholarship. You can find more information about non-public, independent school accreditation in Georgia by consulting the Georgia Private School Accreditation Council: www.gapsac.org

 

HOMESCHOOLING IN GEORGIA

Georgia welcomes and helps parents who want to educate their children in a non-public school. The state has many resources to help parents and suggests the following approach in deciding on homeschooling as an education option in Hiawassee:

First you need to decide if home education is the right choice for you and your family. It is never too early to start this step. To learn about homeschooling, talk to experienced homeschoolers, attend classes, and read. Reading is always a good way to learn about homeschooling. As you read, your philosophy of education will develop. You need to invest some time in reading good books on the subject.

Home school definitions and requirements vary by state, so it is a good idea to know the basics that apply in Georgia. The Georgia Department of Education publishes its requirements, among which are:

1. Parent or guardian must annually submit to the superintendent of the local school district a Declaration of Intent to Utilize a Home Study Program by September 1, or within 30 days after a program is established. The local school superintendent will provide a form upon request for this purpose to be returned to that office.

2. The Declaration must include the names and ages of the students, the address where the program is located, and the dates of the school year.

3. Parents or guardians may teach only their own children in the home study program, provided the teaching parent or guardian possesses at least a high school diploma or a general educational development (GED) equivalency diploma, but the parents or guardians may employ a tutor who holds at least a high school diploma or a general education diploma to teach such children.

3. The home study program must include, but is not limited to, instruction in reading, language arts, mathematics, social studies, and science.

4. The school year must include the equivalent of 180 days of at least four and 1/2 hours of instruction per day, unless the child is physically unable to comply with this requirement.

5. Monthly attendance reports must be sent to the local superintendent at the end of each month. The local school superintendent will, upon request, provide the reporting forms.

See: www.doe.k12.ga.us/External-Affairs-and-Policy, or The Georgia Home Education Association: www.ghea.org

 

CHILD CARE IN HIAWASSEE

Currently, about 70% of parents place their young children in some type of daily care.  Identifying the best facility can be confusing, but the outcome is important. As a parent, it is your responsibility to ensure that your child is safe and happy in a child care environment that is fun, educational, and nurturing. Fortunately, significant help is available from both the federal government and from Georgia as well.

Federal law requires that states have policies in place to protect the health and safety of children in child care in three areas:
*the prevention and control of infectious diseases;
*the building and physical premise safety;
*health and safety training appropriate to the program setting.

Because these federal requirements are general, the standards that states set for licensing child care centers and family childcare homes vary greatly. The rules on who must obtain a license, what training they need to have, how many children they can care for, and what kind of environment they must provide differ state by state.

The Georgia Office of Residential Child Care monitors, inspects and licenses Child Caring Institutions, Child Placing Agencies, Outdoor Child Caring Programs, Children's transitional Care Centers and Maternity Homes. Learn more at http://orcc.dhs.georgia.gov/portal/site/DHS-ORCC
 

The Georgia Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies provide a wide array of services to families in our communities. Services consist of referrals and education to assist parents in their search for quality child care, parent education classes, newsletters, and community resources.

To find a licensed child care facility in the Hiawassee, please contact: www.gaccrra.org / 877-255-5437

 

COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES IN AND NEAR HIAWASSEE
Higher education in the Greater Metro Atlanta region is another stellar  reason to live in Hiawassee. The local colleges and universities contribute more than just classrooms. Institutions of higher learning also bring the best in sports and cultural offerings to the Metro Atlanta communities at large. If your life calls for upper level learning, choose from the following list of universities, colleges and community colleges:

AGNES SCOTT COLLEGE, in Decatur      
www.agnesscott.edu

ATHENS TECHNICAL COLLEGE, in Athens
www.athenstech.edu

 

ATLANTA METROPOLITAN COLLEGE, in City of Atlanta
www.atlm.edu

 

ATLANTA TECHNICAL COLLEGE, in City of Atlanta
www.atlantatech.edu

 

ATLANTA'S JOHN MARSHALL SCHOOL OF LAW, in City of Atlanta
www.johnmarshall.edu

 

BEULAH HEIGHTS UNIVERSITY, in City of Atlanta
www.beulah.org

 

BRENAU UNIVERSITY, in Gainesville
www.brenau.edu

 

CHATTAHOOCHEE TECHNICAL COLLEGE, in Marietta
www.chattahoocheetech.edu

 

CHRISTIAN COLLEGE OF GEORGIA, in Statham
www.ccofga.org

 

CLARK ATLANTA COLLEGE, in City of Atlanta
www.cau.edu

 

CLAYTON STATE UNIVERSITY, in Morrow
www.clayton.edu

 

COLUMBIA THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY, in Decatur
www.ctsnet.edu

 

EMORY UNIVERSITY, in City of Atlanta
www.emory.edu

 

GEORGIA GWINNETT COLLEGE, in Lawrenceville
www.ggc.edu

 

GEORGIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (Georgia Tech), City of Atlanta
www.gatech.edu

 

GEORGIA PERIMETER COLLEGE, in Decatur
www.gpc.edu

 

GEORGIA PIDEMONT TECHNICAL COLLEGE, in Clarkston
www.gptc.edu

 

GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY, in City of Atlanta
www.gsu.edu

 

GORDON COLLEGE, in Barnesville
www.gdn.edu

 

GWINNETT COLLEGE, in Lilburn
www.gwinnettcollege.edu

 

GWINNETT TECHNICAL COLLEGE, in Lawrenceville
www.gwinnetttechnicalcollege.com

 

KENNESAW STATE UNIVERSITY, in Kennesaw
www.gwinnetttechnicalcollege.com

 

LAGRANGE COLLEGE, in LaGrange

www.lagrange.edu

 

LANIER TECHNICAL COLLEGE, in Lanier
www.laniertech.edu

 

LIFE UNIVERSITY, in Marietta
www.life.edu

 

LUTHER RICE SEMINARY AND UNIVERSITY, in Lithonia
www.lru.edu

 

MERCER UNIVERSITY, in City of Atlanta
www.mercer.edu

 

MOREHOUSE COLLEGE, in City of Atlanta
www.morehouse.edu

 

MOREHOUSE SCHOOL OF MEDICINE, in City of Atlanta
www.msm.edu

 

MORRIS BROWN COLLEGE, in City of Atlanta
www.morrisbrown.edu

 

NORTH GEORGIA TECHNICAL COLLEGE, in Clarkesville
www.northgatech.edu

 

OGLETHORPE UNIVERSITY, in City of Atlanta
www.oglethorpe.edu

 

PHILADELPHIA SCHOOL OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE, in Suwanee
www.pcom.edu

 

POINT UNIVERSITY, in West Point
www.point.edu

 

PIEDMONT COLLEGE, in Athens
www.piedmont.edu

 

REINHARDT UNIVERSITY, in Waleska
www.reinhardt.edu

 

SALVATION ARMY EVANGELINE BOOTH COLLEGE, City of Atlanta
www.uss.salvationarmy.org/uss/www_uss_ebc.nsf

 

SAVANNAH SCHOOL OF ART & DESIGN, in City of Atlanta
www.scad.edu

 

SOUTHERN CRESCENT TECHNICAL COLLEGE, in Griffin
www.sctech.edu

 

SOUTHERN POLYTECHNIC STATE UNIVERSITY, in Marietta
www.spsu.edu

 

SPELMAN COLLEGE, in City of Atlanta
www.spelman.edu

 

TOCCOA FALLS COLLEGE, in Toccoa
www.tfc.edu

 

TRUETT-MCCONNELL COLLEGE, in Cleveland
www.truett.edu

 

UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA (UGA), in Athens
www.uga.edu

 

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH GEORGIA, in Dahlonega
www.northgeorgia.edu

 

UNIVERSITY OF WEST GEORGIA, in Carrollton
www.westga.edu

 

WEST GEORGIA TECHNICAL COLLEGE, in Waco
www.westgatech.edu
 

EDUCATION DIRECTORY: ALL PUBLIC & PRIVATE SCHOOLS
Oh yes, lest we forget... if you are bringing kids to Hiawassee, you can get a head start on getting them into what you determine to be the best schools.

 

New Movers Magazine and App provides a full listing of the schools inthe Greater Metro Atlanta region: all public schools, most private schools and all institutions of higher learning. You can review each school's website, enrollment figures and phone numbers. But that's not all. You can save a ton of time because New Movers has already done the digging for you. Those hard to find school test scores and safety data are at your fingertips for each Hiawassee public school. The facts are the most current available. It's now fast and easy to compare schools and even school systems.

Need to find the right school and then the right home in a specific Hiawassee schools district? New Movers Magazine and App can help you find homes for sale in the attendance zone of any Hiawassee public school, or even private schools by desired distance from your potential new Hiawassee home. This specialized home search is free, with no obligation. Your name and information is private and secure.

Finding just the right home in Hiawassee can actually be a pleasure, because New Movers Magazine and App helps you learn so much about the Hiawassee history, lifestyle and community amenities. Of course, the basic stability of the Metro Atlanta real estate industry adds to peace of mind. The area has been growing for so long that the real estate industry has developed a deep professionalism that also adds to your home search confidence. Accompanying the qualified real estate sales agents is an industry of support, such as qualified mortgage lenders and loan officers who can assist in the Hiawassee home purchase process.

While the rest of the country has suffered with high unemployment and depressed income levels, Hiawassee has kept its employment figures in good shape. This means that finding a new home in Hiawassee, Georgia, is a financially reliable proposition.

 

But it is not just a quality of life, affordable prices, good schools, amenities and accolades that make Hiawassee a great real estate market. It is also the attitude of optimism and forward thinking of long standing residents and newcomers that lends living in Hiawassee such a satisfying choice.

The bottom line is not why you should move to Hiawassee, Georgia, but with all these great attributes and benefits, why would you not?

 

WELCOME TO YOUR NEW HOME IN HIAWASSEE, GEORGIA

 

 

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