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Big Creek Elementary named School of Excellence
Distinction recognizes student achievement
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Forsyth County News

Big Creek Elementary has been named a 2012 Georgia School of Excellence for student achievement.

The school was one of just 14 in the state — one for each congressional district — honored for showing the highest progress in the state.

Principal Sherri Black said the school’s staff and community are “thrilled to be recognized.”

“To have received this award in the area of ‘progress’ this time is especially exciting for our staff as it affirms for us that students can be pushed to achieve at remarkable levels and demonstrate significant gains, even when they are already considered to be high-performing,” she said.

“The staff does a masterful job designing extension, as well as remediation, and this award highlights that hard work.”

Along with the title, Big Creek and each of the 28 schools selected for either highest performance or highest progress honors will receive $1,000.

Georgia Superintendent John Barge said the 28 schools epitomized excellence, especially under the new College and Career Ready Performance Index, which offers new measurements and tracks progress of individual students and classes as they grow.

“It took us a while to name the 2012 Schools of Excellence, but we wanted to measure them based on [the new] index rather than the old measure,” he said. “With our new, more rigorous accountability system, these schools really shine.

“Their focus on areas that impact student success is evident across the board.”

As a school of excellence, Big Creek will also receive a visit from Barge at some point this year. Having earned the distinction, however, the school will not be eligible again for another five years.

“Every time they’ve been eligible, they’ve gotten an award, for at least the last 10 or 15 years,” said Forsyth County School Superintendent Buster Evans. “That school has had a long-term focus on achievement ... that type of legacy, when it’s in place, becomes a culture. It becomes what you’re about and I think Big Creek has done that.”