Twelve Whitfield County Title I distinguished schools are set to receive additional federal funding to supplement their students’ education, school officials said.
Lorijo Calhoun, director of federal programs for Whitfield County Schools, said, “It speaks highly of the quality work our staff, students, and parents are accomplishing when the majority of our Title I schools receive this well-deserved recognition from the State Board of Education.
“It truly takes everyone working in collaboration with high expectations for students to achieve the profound learning experiences they must have to be successful in today’s world.”
State Superintendent of Schools Kathy Cox said Thursday at the State Board of Education meeting, "These districts and schools are a prime example of the impact high expectations, hard work and collaboration can have on student achievement. I'm thrilled to recognize the educators, students and parents in these schools and school districts."
Title I schools have a significant population of students who are economically disadvantaged and receive federal money to assist with the education of these students.
There were 777 Georgia Title I distinguished schools last school year. Title I distinguished schools have made adequate yearly progress (AYP) at least three years in a row.
"These 777 schools don't accept excuses," Superintendent Cox said. "There are high standards for students and high expectations for teachers. These schools are focused and determined -- and they are getting results."
Title I distinguished schools that have made AYP for three consecutive years are awarded a certificate, while those who have made AYP four or more years receive a monetary award, paid for out of federal funds.
The Whitfield County Schools who received recognition were: Cohutta Elementary School; Dug Gap Elementary School; New Hope Elementary School; Valley Point Elementary School; Antioch Elementary School; Pleasant Grove Elementary School; Varnell Elementary School; Westside Elementary School; Tunnel Hill Elementary School; Westside Middle School; Eastbrook Middle School; and Valley Point Middle School.