Congratulations to CCSD’s STAR Students & Teachers!

Congratulations to CCSD’s STAR Students & Teachers!

Congratulations to this year’s Cherokee County School District STAR Students and Teachers!

The Canton and Woodstock Lions Clubs recently honored CCSD students and teachers at their annual STAR Student and Teacher Recognition Ceremony held earlier this month at the Cherokee Arts Center in downtown Canton. These honorees will be recognized by the Cherokee County School Board and Superintendent of Schools at the March 16, 2017 School Board meeting.

The STAR, or Student Teacher Achievement Recognition, Student honor is awarded to the student from each Cherokee County public and private high school with the highest score on any single test date of the SAT (taken through the November test date of their senior year) and be in the top 10 percent or top 10 students of their class based on grade point average. Each honored student is invited to select his or her favorite teacher to be named that school’s STAR Teacher.

High school STAR Students compete for system titles, and the overall Cherokee County STAR Student is Isabelle Riddle from Sequoyah High School! Her STAR Teacher is Dr. Wendy Roberts.

System STAR Students compete for region-wide honors in the 12 STAR Regions, and Region winners are invited to Atlanta to compete for the state PAGE (Professional Association of Georgia Educators) STAR scholarships and awards. STAR Teachers continue on with their STAR Students at every level of the program.

“Congratulations to all of our STAR Students and Teachers!” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said. “We greatly appreciate the Lions Clubs and PAGE recognizing and celebrating excellence in teaching and learning in our schools. We look forward to honoring these top scholars and educators with our School Board!”

Cherokee HS
STAR Student: Pragya Sharma
STAR Teacher: Charley Ingham

Creekview HS
STAR Student: Austin Miles
STAR Teacher: Wendy McCarron

Etowah HS
STAR Student: Brandon Baker
STAR Teacher: Dr. Wright Vermilya

River Ridge HS
STAR Student: Anabelle Paulino
STAR Teacher: Joy Clarkston

Sequoyah HS
STAR Student: Isabelle Riddle
STAR Teacher: Dr. Wendy Roberts

Woodstock HS
STAR Student: A.J. Cox
STAR Teacher: Debbie Hipp


CCSD Earns Highest SAT Scores in Metro Atlanta, No. 3 in State!

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Snapshot: CCSD 2016 ACT and SAT Results

The Cherokee County School District, which earned the highest average among metropolitan Atlanta districts, increased its score by 17 points and ranked in the top 3 school districts in Georgia for average SAT scores.

The School District’s Class of 2016 earned an average total score of 1577, up from 1560 last school year, which is the 3rd-highest score out of 180 school systems in the State of Georgia, according to data released today by the College Board.

The School District’s Class of 2016 graduates exceeded the National average by 93 points and the State average by 118 points on the curriculum-based, college entrance and placement exam, which is the most commonly recognized measure of achievement for high school students.

All CCSD high schools, with 54% (1,412 students) of the Class of 2016 participating, scored above the National average and ranked in the top 10% in Georgia on the test, which measures critical reading, mathematics and writing abilities that are related to successful performance in college.

The School District’s average total score increased, and CCSD also earned the second-highest average Writing score, third-highest average Mathematics score and fourth-highest average Critical Reading score in the State.

As different groups of students are being tested, annual fluctuation in scores is anticipated; but CCSD continues to show consistent, extraordinary performance when compared at the National and State levels.

CCSD Principals will analyze individual scores with their Leadership and Data Management Teams to review instruction and curriculum practices, evaluate intervention strategies and set new SAT goals. Counselors also will examine the results to ensure that every student is guided toward and prepared for the entrance examination that best suits their strengths and needs.

“We are extremely proud of the success of our students on the SAT, as this extraordinary accomplishment illustrates how well each of our schools, from preschool through high school, is preparing students for success in higher education and future careers,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said. This accomplishment follows the recent release of record-high ACT scores earned by CCSD students and data that shows how few CCSD graduates need remediation at the college level.

“These outstanding achievements would not be possible without the enduring support of our entire community – families, teachers, staff, administrators, business partners, volunteers, taxpayers who support the continuation of our Education SPLOST and a School Board that makes teaching and learning its top priority,” Dr. Hightower said. “Thank you to everyone who is helping us in meeting our mission of Educating the Emerging Generation!”

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CCSD 2016 SAT Results