12 Gwinnett schools earn "Distinguished School" honor









12 Gwinnett schools earn "Distinguished School" honor

Twelve Gwinnett County schools have been identified as 2005-06 Title I Distinguished Schools. This recognition is authorized in Section 1117 of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. All distinguished schools will serve as models for schools identified for improvement with similar demographics and may be contacted by other schools for information or site visits.

Recognition is based on the number of consecutive years a school has made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). Annistown ES, G.H. Hopkins ES, and Kanoheda ES have made AYP for four consecutive years and will receive a certificate of recognition and grant funds. In addition, they will be included in the Georgia Department of Education's Schools of Excellence celebration.

Benefield ES, Bethesda ES, Cedar Hill ES, Lawrenceville ES, Lilburn ES, Nesbit ES, Norcross ES, Peachtree ES, and Susan Stripling ES have made AYP for three consecutive years and will receive a certificate of recognition.

Dr. Cindy Loe, associate superintendent for Organizational Advancement, praises these schools and their focus on teaching and learning. "These schools are a great part of Gwinnett's success story," she says. "All of the Title I schools honored have more than 50% of their students qualifying for free and reduced lunch. These schools have proven that all children, no matter their socioeconomic background, can excel academically. They have made a difference, and the result is a track record of academic achievement for all of the students they serve."