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More Winning! – Camden Schools lead state in Title I Rewards Schools

Last week, the GA Department of Education released their yearly Title I Reward lists for High Performing Title I Schools and High Progress Schools.  Camden County School’s earned more awards for Title I Highest Performing Schools than any other district in the state. Out of the eighty-two schools in the state earning the title of Highest Performing School, five of the schools were from Camden County.

What does it mean to be a Title I School? 

Schools with a percentage of students eligible for free or reduced lunch at or above 40% are eligible for Title I schoolwide services and this honor.  All twelve of Camden County Schools are successful, schoolwide Title I schools.

What do the two categories mean and which schools received the recognition?

  • A Highest-Performing School is among the five percent of the state’s Title I schools with the absolute highest performance, over three years, for the “all students” group on the statewide assessments. A school may not be classified as a Highest-Performing School if it has been identified as a Priority or Focus School.

Crooked River Elementary School

Matilda Harris Elementary School

Sugarmill Elementary School

David L. Rainer Elementary School

Woodbine Elementary School

  • A High-Progress School is among the 10 percent of the state’s Title I schools making the most progress in improving the performance of the “all students” group over three years on the statewide assessments. A school may not be classified as a High-Progress School if it has been identified as a Priority or Focus School.

Mary Lee Clark Elementary School

St. Marys Elementary School

According to the Camden County School District Website:

Crooked River Elementary School earned the title of Highest Performing School for the fifth year in a row and Matilda Harris Elementary School earned the title for the third consecutive year. Woodbine Elementary, David L. Rainer Elementary and Sugarmill Elementary were also designated by the Georgia Department of Education as Highest Performing Schools. St. Marys Middle School and Mary Lee Clark Elementary earned the honor of being named Title I High Progress Schools. 

In response to the accomplishments of these schools, Dr. Will Hardin, Superintendent of Schools remarked, “This achievement is the epitome of continuous improvement. We are extremely proud of our school leadership and of the work of our teachers to attain this distinction.”


Jeremy Spencer grew up in rural South Georgia and has served as a healthcare provider, high school science teacher, school administrator, and state education official. Jeremy is currently the market and content manager for All on Georgia-Camden and Glynn Counties. Jeremy’s focus is local news, statewide education issues, and statewide political commentary for the All on Georgia News Network. Jeremy has served as an education policy analyst for local legislators and state education leaders as well as a campaign strategist for local and statewide political campaigns. Jeremy holds degrees in science and education from the University of Georgia, Piedmont College, and Valdosta State University. Jeremy has lived in Camden County for over 17 years.

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