The Georgia Department of Education has released its list of priority and focus schools. Priority Schools are among the lowest five percent of Title I schools in terms of academic achievement. Focus Schools are among the lowest 10 percent of Title I schools in terms of the achievement gap.
Butler Elementary, Haven Elementary, Hodge Elementary, Shuman Elementary, Thunderbolt Elementary, West Chatham Middle School and Windsor Forest Elementary have all been identified as Focus Schools.
The School of Liberal Studies at Savannah High School has been identified as a Priority School.
This data is based off a three-year average of different criteria in the College and Career Ready Performance Index.
West Chatham Middle School is a repeat offender making the Focus Schools list in 2012.
However, there is some good news for Beach High School and Groves High School. Both of those schools made the Priority Schools list in 2012 but did not make the list this year. Southwest Elementary School, Bartlett Middle School and Mercer Middle School are also off the Focus Schools list.
“Turnaround is hard work there’s been a lot of growing pains at the central office level, school and teacher level but look at the return on investment and that’s the students and that’s what we are here for,” said the Executive Dir. of Secondary Schools Aretha Rhone-Bush.
Aretha Rhone-Bush, the Executive Dir. Of Secondary Schools, said Groves and Beach High School went through an overhaul when they were on the priority list which included changing staff, getting new leadership and more support. The turnaround method might be used at Savannah High School.
“Professional development, effective leadership, high quality high impact teaching, intense monitoring of student growth and achievement from the central office level ,principal level and to the classroom level and make students aware of the different learning options they have, said Rhone-Bush.
To see the complete list of struggling schools in Georgia click here: http://www.gadoe.org/External-Affairs-and-Policy/communications/Pages/PressReleaseDetails.aspx?PressView=default&pid=344