Thursday, March 5, 2015

More good news

Oconee County Schools is once again leading the way in academic achievement!  The proud legacy of our students’ success continues to build and be recognized by leading educational organizations.  The latest recognition for our kids comes from the Georgia Department of Education in two distinct areas—Advanced Placement (AP) and Title I. 

North Oconee High School and Oconee County High School were two of only fifty-seven schools in the state named as AP Merit Schools.  Both schools were also recognized as AP STEM, AP STEM Achievement, and AP Humanity Schools.  The criteria for these prestigious awards are rigorous.

·         AP Merit Schools: Schools with at least 20% of the student population taking
AP exams and at least 50% of all AP exams earning scores of three (3) or
higher.
·         AP STEM Schools: Schools with students testing in at least two (2) AP math
courses and two (2) AP science courses (AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC,
AP Statistics, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Environmental Science, AP
Physics B, AP Physics C, AP Computer Science).
·         AP STEM Achievement Schools: Schools with students testing in at least 2
AP math courses and 2 AP science courses and at least 40% of the exam
scores on AP math and AP science exams earning scores of three (3) or
higher.
·         AP Humanities Schools are schools with students testing in all of the following AP courses: at least one ELA course, two social science courses, one fine arts course and one world language course.

To have achievement at these levels students must create a solid foundation of learning early in their educational experience.  Thus, it is important that all of our schools are stellar and that our teachers are reaching all students.  Good news yet again!  Recently, Oconee County Schools was named a 2015 Title I Reward District.  This award recognizes school districts that have made progress in improving the performance of the all students group over a number of years on the statewide assessments and whose high schools are increasing graduation rates.  OCS is one of only four systems in the state to receive this recognition and the $50,000 monetary award that accompanies it. 

Our elementary and middle schools pave a great path on the road of knowledge and have been recognized for their outstanding performance and commitment to students as well.  Oconee County Elementary and Oconee County Middle School were recently named Title I Highest Performing Reward Schools.  This recognition is based on CRCT achievement and carries a monetary award of $10,000 for each school that remains in Title I status. A quick review of the list of schools reflects that OCS represents two of the eighty schools recognized.


Good news all around!  Email me more good news at jbranch@oconeeschools.org

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