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2009 Georgia Schools of Excellence Named

2009 Georgia Schools of Excellence Named   MEDIA CONTACT- Susan Ely, (404) 656-5594 sely@gadoe.org  November 6, 2009 -- State Superintendent of Schools Kathy Cox named the 2009 Georgia Schools of Excellence in Student Achievement today, honoring 27 schools that have shown the greatest improvement or highest achievement across the state.  "These schools are getting great results from all students in many different areas," Superintendent Cox said. "The teachers, students and administrators at these schools truly represent excellence. Congratulations to our 2009 Georgia Schools of Excellence."  The Georgia Schools of Excellence are honored in two categories. Qualifying schools are chosen from each Congressional District in the following categories  (see the full criteria):   - Top 10%: Schools that are in the top 10 percent in Georgia as measured by assessments in reading and mathematics.  - Greatest Gains: Schools that demonstrated greatest continuous gains in student achievement for the past three years as measured by assessments in reading and mathematics.  The Georgia Schools of Excellence will be honored at a banquet on February 5 at the Georgia International Convention Center in College Park.   2009 GEORGIA SCHOOLS OF EXCELLENCE   GREATEST GAINS  Congressional District, School, System  1 - Waycross Middle School, Ware County  2 - J.S. Pate Elementary, Crisp County  2 - Lake Park Elementary, Lowndes County  3 - Pike County Elementary Pike County  5 - Renfroe Middle School, Decatur City  6 - Dodgen Middle School, Cobb County  7 - Peachtree Ridge High, Gwinnett County  7 - Frank Osborne Middle, Gwinnett County  8 - Jasper County Primary, Jasper County  9 - West Hall High School, Hall County  10 - Oglethorpe County Middle School, Oglethorpe County  11 - Rome Middle School, Rome City  13 - Mableton Elementary School, Cobb County 13 - Teasley Elementary, Cobb County   TOP 10%  Congressional District, School, System  1 - Appling County Primary, Appling County  2 - Lincoln Elementary Magnet, Dougherty County  3 - Whitewater Middle School, Fayette County  4 - Honey Creek Elementary, Rockdale County  5 - West Manor Elementary School, Atlanta Public Schools  6 - Pope High School, Cobb County  6 - Chattahoochee High, Fulton County  7 - Daves Creek Elementary, Forsyth County  8 - Bonaire Elementary, Houston County  9 - Riverwatch Middle, Forsyth County  10 - Oconee County Elementary, Oconee County  11 - Ford Elementary, Cobb County  12 - Savannah Arts Academy, Savannah-Chatham County    Schools of Excellence Criteria   Schools of Excellence Webpage