State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge named the 2011 Georgia Schools of Excellence in Student Achievement, honoring 26 schools that have shown the greatest improvement or highest achievement across the state.
Each of these schools will receive a $1,000 check from Georgia Natural Gas to be used however they wish.
“These schools are showing that excellence can be achieved when they focus on providing a world-class education for their students,” Superintendent Barge said. “I offer my sincere congratulations to our 2011 Georgia Schools of Excellence and my appreciation to Georgia Natural Gas for their continued support of our schools as the title sponsor.
In Savannah-Chatham, Heard Elementary School and the Savannah Arts Academy were two of the twenty-six schools named.
The Georgia Schools of Excellence are chosen from each Congressional District in the following categories: – Top 10% – Schools that are in the top 10 percent in Georgia as measured by assessments in reading and mathematics. –Greatest Gains – Schools that demonstrated greatest continuous gains in student achievement for the past three years as measured by assessments in reading and mathematics.
Heard Elementary School was named in the Greatest Gains category, “All of the Heard community is very proud of this special recognition,” says Sylvia Wallis, Principal of Heard Elementary School. “To be recognized as one of only 26 schools statewide is a tremendous achievement. This award shows the dedication of the students, parents, teachers, and staff at Heard Elementary. It is something everyone should celebrate.”
The Savannah Arts Academy was named in the Top Ten% category. Schools must also meet AYP minimums for three consecutive years, meet or exceed state mean scores in Science and Social Studies, not be considered a “Persistently Dangerous School” under the Unsafe School Choice Option of No Child Let Behind, for high schools, offer a minimum of two AP courses, be in existence for at least five years, and must not be under any type of state investigation within the last year.