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Three Forsyth County schools named Blue Ribbon Schools
Only six in state received award

Three Forsyth County schools were recently named Blue Ribbon Schools, making up half of the total number of Georgia schools to receive the designation.

Big Creek elementary, Brookwood elementary and Riverwatch middle schools were recently announced as recipients, which indicates students at the schools achieve high learning standards or are making notable improvements in closing the achievement gap.

Nationwide, there were only 342 schools awarded the title, with six in Georgia. This is the third time that Big Creek elementary has been named a National Blue Ribbon School.

"We are thrilled that the hard work of Big Creek Elementary students, staff, families and community is being recognized and honored with the National Blue Ribbon award,” said the school’s Principal, Laura Webb. “The consistent dedication to academic excellence and educating the whole child has led to Big Creek being honored with this award for the third time.”

Each National Blue Ribbon School is given the title for one of two performance categories, based on all student scores, subgroup student scores and graduation rates.

 Exemplary high performing schools are among their state’s highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests and exemplary achievement gap closing schools are among their state’s highest performing schools in closing achievement gaps between a school’s subgroups and all students over the past five years.

“Brookwood Elementary is extremely proud of the hard work and dedication of the staff, students and the strong family support we receive,” said Brookwood Principal Tracey Smith. “We would like to especially recognize the school’s first principal, Kathie Braswell, who retired in May, for her leadership and vision for our school.

“Brookwood Elementary is honored to join the ranks of the other Forsyth County schools who have earned this prestigious award.”

Previous Forsyth County National Blue Ribbon Schools include Otwell Middle School, Daves Creek Elementary School, South Forsyth Middle School, Johns Creek Elementary School and Sharon Elementary School.

“Congratulations to our students, staff, parents and community partners for earning this recognition,” said Riverwatch’s Principal, Pam Bibick. “This award acknowledges our community’s unwavering commitment to providing a high quality public education for all children.

“We are honored and grateful, and recognize the hard work and dedication of former principal Kathy Carpenter in receiving this designation.”

The U.S. Department of Education will honor the nation’s Blue Ribbon schools at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. Nov. 6-7.