Eastanollee Elementary Named State “Reward School”

A Stephens County school receives recognition from the state.

This week, the Georgia Department of Education announced that Eastanollee Elementary School was a “Reward School” in the state.

Eastanollee Elementary was recognized as a “highest-performing” school.

The state said a “highest-performing” school is a Title I school among the five percent of Title I schools in Georgia that has the highest absolute performance over three years for the “all students” group on the statewide assessments.

Stephens County School Superintendent Sherrie Whiten said the school system is very proud of Eastanollee for achieving this benchmark.

“That means that they are in the top five percent of all Title I schools in the state,” said Whiten.  “They have had a really strong focus on student achievement, student learning, and teaching the past few years and it has really paid off.  It is really nice to be recognized by the state for high performance.”

Eastanollee Elementary is one of about 80 schools to receive this honor from the state.

Other area schools to receive the recognition include Hazel Grove Elementary School in Habersham County and Carnesville Elementary School in Franklin County.

The state’s Department of Education also announced its list of “alert” schools this week.

The Mountain Education Center, located in multiple locations in northeast Georgia, was listed under the “Graduation Alert” schools.

A “graduation alert” means that the graduation rate in a certain subgroup at the school is below three standard deviations from the mean of the state’s subgroups’ graduation rate.