Long County High School has made the list as one of the highest-progress schools in the state.
The Georgia Department of Education released its 2014 list of Rewards Schools on Tuesday. According to Matt Cardoza, GDoE director of communications, LCHS earned this distinction by being in the top 10 percent of all high schools to increase their assessment-testing scores over the last three years. Cardoza said that to be qualified for this award, LCHS also had to be a Title 1 school and not be categorized as a priority, focus or alert school.
“The schools on this list represent some of the finest efforts being put forth in Georgia education. The educators, parents, students and communities who came together to move these schools forward should take great pride in the results,” State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said.
LCHS Principal Scotty Hattaway echoed Barge’s views, stating that it was only through a team effort that the school was able to achieve this award. He said he is fortunate to have a supportive community, board of education, superintendent, support staff and school family.
“This accomplishment was certainly a complete team effort … our students work hard, our teachers work very hard to establish high expectations and hold our students accountable for meeting those expectations, and our parents support student efforts at home,” Hattaway said.
He also said that another reason for LCHS’ success is that the goal of the school is to meet the needs of every individual student.
“Our school focus is ‘Teach Each One.’ We try to make sure that we are doing just that, day in and day out,” Hattaway said.
“I would like to say that you, on behalf of our faculty and staff, to all of our stakeholders, thank you for your help in our achieving this reward status,” he said.