R.D. Head named School of Excellence

LILBURN - R.D. Head Elementary on Thursday was named the Georgia School of Excellence for Congressional District 13.

R.D. Head Elementary, located in the Brookwood cluster, was selected for showing the greatest gains in three years for student achievement in reading and math on the state's Criterion-Referenced Competency Test.

The school was one of the 25 schools in the state to become a School of Excellence this year.

"We are thrilled to earn the Georgia School of Excellence award this year," Head Elementary Principal Michelle Farmer said in a news release. "It validates our work in these areas and also stresses the importance of continuing to encourage our students so that all will reach their highest potential."

Farmer said the school works collaboratively in teams to analyze quality teaching practices and design units to meet all of the students' needs.

"Frequent assessment allows teams to know how their students are performing and what needs to be adjusted to allow mastery of the content," she said. "We will continue to do whatever it takes, to ensure that each and all students receive a quality-plus education."

The School of Excellence program recognizes schools that show significant improvement as well as those with performance in the top 10 percent of schools. One school in each category is picked for each congressional district.

A school's status under the federal No Child Left Behind Act, staff

qualifications and safety records are taken into consideration along with the CRCT scores.

Schools must have been open for at least five years to become a School of Excellence. Schools can only be named once every five years.