Mays, Grady high schools recognized for high graduation rates

Mays High

Mays High and Grady High are among only 15 high schools across Georgia recognized today by the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education for their high graduation rates. To achieve this recognition, schools are required to have at least an 85 percent graduation rate with an increase of at least 10 percentage points sustained for six years.

Grady High

Dr. Steve Dolinger, president of the Georgia Partnership – a non-partisan, non-profit organization focused on improving student achievement – said his organization decided to take a close look at the state graduation rate which has shown a steady increase over the past few years. “When we started to look at the numbers, a group of schools stood out,” he said. “It was apparent they were following winning formulas.” The Georgia Partnership graduation rate report cited the following attributes as common among the 15 schools that were recognized:

• A culture of high expectations for all and support for students who are struggling academically.
• An integrated system of curriculum, assessment and instruction.
• Multiple safety nets of intervention provided for students who need them.
• Close collaboration among administrators and teachers to create innovative approaches to ensure challenging courses and effective practices.
• The use of continuous improvement processes such as working in teams and using data to inform decisions.

“Education is a very complicated process, yet these schools have an atmosphere of continually improving the factors that are necessary to improve graduation rates,” said Dr. Donna O’Neal, who conducted the study for the Georgia Partnership. Founded in 1992 by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and the Georgia Economic Developers Association, the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education consists of business, education, community and government leaders who share a common vision of improved education. The non-partisan, non-profit organization leads efforts to impact education policies and practices to improve student achievement. Below are the 15 schools recognized by the Georgia Partnership for their high graduation rates.

• Buford High School (Buford, Buford City Schools) • Gilmer High School (Ellijay, Gilmer County Schools)
• Henry W. Grady High School (Atlanta, Atlanta Public Schools)
• Greenbrier High School (Evans, Columbia County Schools)
• Hardaway High School (Columbus, Muscogee County Schools)
• Houston County High School (Warner Robins, Houston County Schools)
• Loganville High School (Loganville, Walton County Schools)
• Lumpkin County High School (Dahlonega, Lumpkin County Schools)
• Benjamin Mays High School (Atlanta, Atlanta Public Schools)
• Perry High School (Perry, Houston County Schools)
• Redan High School (Stone Mountain, DeKalb County Schools)
• Riverwood High School (Atlanta, Fulton County Schools)
• Union County High School (Blairsville, Union County Schools)
• Washington-Wilkes Comprehensive High School (Washington, Wilkes County Schools)
• Westlake High School (Atlanta/Sandy Springs, Fulton County Schools)

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  1. In the light of so many things that are allegedly ocurring in our schools today, it is so good to know we are still striving to maintain excellence as these schools have apparently succeeded at doing. Congratulations to B. E. Mays and Grady High Schools.

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