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2008 Georgia Schools of Excellence Named

 MEDIA CONTACT:  - Dana Tofig or Susan Ely, (404) 463-1487, ,       November 24, 2008 -- State Superintendent of Schools Kathy Cox named the 2008 Georgia Schools of Excellence today, honoring 26 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 2008 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 of schools 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 January 23 at the Georgia International Conference Center in College Park.    2008 GEORGIA SCHOOLS OF EXCELLENCE    GREATEST GAINS   Congressional District, School, System  1, Mamie Lou Gross Elementary, Camden  3- tie, Northgate High, Coweta  3- tie, Double Churches Elementary, Muscogee  5, Druid Hills High, DeKalb  6, Manning Oaks Elementary, Fulton  7, Loganville Elementary, Walton  8-tie, Eastside High, Newton  8-tie, Centerville Elementary, Houston  9, Otwell Middle, Forsyth  10, East Jackson Elementary, Jackson  11- tie, Kemp Elementary, Cobb  11- tie, Trion High, Trion City    TOP 10%  Congressional District,School System Top Ten  3- tie, Huddleston Elementary, Fayette  3- tie, McIntosh High, Fayette,  4, Browns Mill Elementary, DeKalb  5, Kittredge Elementary, DeKalb  6- tie, Timber Ridge Elementary, Cobb  6- tie, Dickerson Middle, Cobb  6- tie, Lassiter High, Cobb  7- tie, Sharon Elementary, Forsyth  7- tie, Brookwood High, Gwinnett  8, Quail Run Elementary, Houston  9, South Forsyth High, Forsyth  10, Davidson Magnet School, Richmond  11, Harrison High, Cobb  12, Savannah Arts Academy, Savannah-Chatham    MORE INFORMATION  -  Schools of Excellence Criteria  -  Schools of Excellence Webpage