The DeKalb County School System recently announced that Oak Grove Elementary School and Vanderlyn Elementary School were named 2011 Georgia Schools of Excellence. The schools received a $1,000 check from Georgia Natural Gas to be used however they wish. “I congratulate our Schools of Excellence and the great strides they are making toward student success and achievement,” said Dr. Cheryl Atkinson, Superintendent of the DeKalb County School System. “Our goal and mission each day is to improve student success and achieve ‘Victory in the Classroom’ at every school in the DeKalb County School System. We will be working hard in the New Year to achieve that mission.”
The Georgia Schools of Excellence are honored in two categories. Qualifying schools are chosen from each Congressional District in the following categories:
Top 10 percent: Schools that are in the top 10 percent in Georgia as measured by assessments in reading and mathematics.
Greatest Gains: Schools that demonstrated greatest continuous gains in student achievement for the past three years as measured by assessments in reading and mathematics.
Both Oak Grove and Vanderlyn were honored in the top 10 percent category.