State Superintendent of Schools Kathy Cox announced Wednesday that Gainesville High School has been named a National Title I school and will receive $15,000 in federal funding.
The National Title I Distinguished Schools program recognizes two schools in the state that receive $15,000 in federal funding to reward their gains in student achievement.
Gainesville High School was recognized for exceeding the benchmarks required to make Adequate Yearly Progress under No Child Left Behind. Results from the math, reading and English language arts portions of the Georgia High School Graduation Test are used to determine the winning schools.
The other Georgia National Title I School, Echols County High, was recognized for closing the achievement gap between economically disadvantaged and average students.
Cox officially named Georgia’s four Title I Distinguished Districts, two National Title I Distinguished Schools and 896 Georgia Title I Distinguished Schools Wednesday at the State Board of Education meeting. Title I Distinguished Schools have made Adequate Yearly Progress at least three years in a row.
“These districts and schools are a prime example of the impact high expectations, hard work and collaboration can have on student achievement,” Cox said in a news release. “I’m thrilled to recognize the educators, students and parents in these schools and school districts.”
The Gainesville system had six schools earn the Distinguished Title I School honor: Centennial Arts Academy, Enota Multiple Intelligences Academy, Fair Street IB World School, Gainesville Exploration Academy and Gainesville High School. The Hall County system had nine schools earn the honor: Chicopee, Jones, Lyman, McEver, Myers, Riverbend, Sugar Hill and Tadmore elementary schools.
Title I schools have a significant population of students who are economically disadvantaged and receive federal money to assist with the education of these students.
The number of Title I Distinguished Schools in Georgia has grown significantly since 2003, when 116 schools were recognized.