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.”