Schools all earn Distinguished status
Floyd County Title I Schools all earn Distinguished status
Posted on 11/05/2009
All six Floyd County Schools participating in the federal Title I schools program have been named Distinguished Title 1 Schools for 2009. The designation was announced by State Superintendent of Schools Kathy Cox in a release issued by the Georgia Department of Education on Wednesday, November 4, 2009. Alto Park Elementary, Cave Spring Elementary, Garden Lakes Elementary, McHenry Primary, Pepperell Primary and Pepperell Elementary received the recognition for academic performance. Distinguished schools are schools that meet or exceed adequate yearly progress (AYP) for three or more consecutive years and have not been on the Unsafe Schools Choice Option (USCO) list within the last two years.

Earning this status means that each school has reached the required level of high academic achievement for three or more consecutive years. Title I Distinguished Schools that have made AYP for three consecutive years are awarded a certificate, while those who have made AYP four or more years receive a monetary award, paid for out of federal funds.

All six schools have each reached the required level of performance for four or more consecutive years. As a result of this consistent high academic performance, each school will receive a special monetary award. Garden Lakes has reached Distinguished status for seven consecutive years, the longest streak of any Rome/Floyd area school. Garden Lakes will receive a state grant for $1,068 for the accomplishment. Cave Spring Elementary has attained Distinguished status for six consecutive years and will also receive a grant for $1,068. Alto Park, McHenry, Pepperell Primary and Pepperell Elementary have each attained Distinguished status for five consecutive years and will each receive a grant of $712.

The Title 1 Program is a federal grant with the goal of improving the academic performance of the disadvantaged. The purpose of the Title 1 Program is to ensure that all children have a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and reach, at a minimum, proficiency on challenging state academic achievement standards and state academic assessments.