Atlanta Public Schools has the most “No Excuses” schools in the state – nine out of a total of 35 schools from 19 districts – as announced today by the Georgia Public Policy Foundation. APS schools that attained the “No Excuses” designation for 2010 are: Blalock, Burgess-Peterson Academy, C.W. Hill, Capitol View, East Lake, Garden Hills, Gideons, Whitefoord and KIPP West Atlanta Young Scholars Academy charter school. Capitol View received a double recognition for having two grade levels that qualified for the award. Blalock closed prior to the last school year.
The selection of No Excuses schools is based on a formula that includes more than 51 percent of the student enrollment qualifying for the federal free and reduced meals program; attaining Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) under federal standards for student performance; and having a poverty indicator of 2 or above on the Foundation’s Report Card for Parents, which measures how well a school is performing relative to its poverty rate.
“We’re proud to honor the commitment of these schools and the drive of these students,” said Kelly McCutchen, president of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation.
Superintendent Dr. Beverly L. Hall thanked the foundation for honoring the district’s high-achieving schools. “We make no excuses every day when it comes to the performance of our students,” she said. “Poverty and other disadvantaged conditions are challenges that can be overcome by principals, teachers and school-based staff that make student academic achievement a top priority.”