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Georgia Department of Education awards SUCCESS grants to support school improvement work

MEDIA CONTACT: Meghan Frick, GaDOE Communications Office,

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October 5, 2021 – The Georgia Department of Education is awarding $4.9 million in competitive grants to support school improvement efforts in 14 school districts and state charter schools. 

Districts with at least one school identified for Comprehensive Support & Improvement (CSI) or Targeted Support & Improvement (TSI), or state charter schools identified for CSI or TSI, were eligible to apply for SUCCESS (School Improvement Supporting Unlimited Critical and Comprehensive Educational Success for Students) Grants.

The grants, which total $4,938,154, are designed to provide opportunities for schools identified for state support to ensure the necessary infrastructure and supports for leaders, teachers, and families are available, while focusing on specific subgroup needs. Applications for these one-time additional funds were evaluated and scored competitively. 

“We continue to be laser-focused on providing the supports necessary for all schools to improve, including intensive and tailored supports for struggling schools," State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “The SUCCESS Grants are part of our 'all hands on deck' approach to school improvement, providing additional resources as schools work to expand opportunities for students and ensure the best possible educational experience for every child."

Awarded districts plan to use their grant funds to provide summer academic programming for students in grades 2-5, implement mobile science labs, purchase classroom libraries, offer teacher professional learning on instructional practices, create wraparound centers, expand 1-1 technology access, and more.

“We are so excited to collaborate with GaDOE Federal Programs and federal identified school districts to provide tiered and tailored support for specific subgroup needs," Deputy Superintendent for School Improvement Dr. Stephanie Johnson said. “Implementation of the resources and strategies provided in the grant will help our schools to remove variability of learning among students. Our goal is for every child in Georgia to reach optimal success and have a positive learning experience that meets their needs every day."  

Under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), states are required to identify schools in need of additional support. GaDOE is committed to a school improvement process that gives all districts the support they need, and oversees a proactive, tiered and tailored system of supports with the Whole Child at the center. Rather than a siloed process, the entire agency works together to leverage resources and expertise to support all schools.

Grants Awarded

District or State Charter SchoolAmount Funded
Baconton Community Charter School$250,000
Cirrus Academy$250,000
Clay County Schools$250,000
DeKalb County Schools$258,916
Dooly County Schools$250,055
Fulton County Schools$627,618
Meriwether County Schools$250,000
Murray County Schools$800,000
Randolph County Schools$235,700
Richmond County Schools$999,865
Rome City Schools$250,000
SAIL Academy$16,000
Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools$250,000
Thomas County Schools$250,000