CCSD Schools Earn High Marks for School Climate

CCSD Schools Earn High Marks for School Climate

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Freedom Middle School 2018 Teacher of the Year Janelle Haysman gives a student a high-five during class.

The Cherokee County School District earned high marks from students, parents and employees for school climate, according to new data from the Georgia Department of Education.

The District earned an average of 4 stars on a 5-star scale in the annual rating, which measures how a school community views the quality of its school’s culture and character; the highest possible rating is 5 stars. The rating is calculated based on a survey of students, parents and teachers; student discipline issue rates; and daily attendance.

Clark Creek Elementary School STEM Academy earned a perfect score of 5; all CCSD middle schools earned 4 stars each; and no CCSD school scored less than 3 stars. Reports on individual schools’ climate ratings are posted online by the GaDOE.

Research, according to the GaDOE has found that schools with positive school climates usually report better test scores and graduation rates and create a culture of feeling socially, emotionally and physically safe.

“While much of the focus on how to measure a school’s success is placed on academic achievement and progress, it’s just as important for us to know that students, their families and our employees feel welcomed, safe and appreciated,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said. “We’re committed to improving our schools’ culture and ensuring that every child, parent, employee, volunteer and partner feels like they’re part of a family that cares about them and their future success.”

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Climate scores chart