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3 area schools honored for student achievement

LAWRENCEVILLE — Three area schools are among 22 in the state named 2010 Georgia Schools of Excellence in Student Achievement, state School Superintendent John Barge announced Thursday.

The recognition honors schools that have shown the greatest improvement or highest achievement.

Parkview High School in Lilburn and Simpson Elementary School in Norcross were honored for being among the top 10 percent of schools in Georgia as measured by assessments in reading and mathematics.

Barrow County’s Westside Middle School was recognized for demonstrating the greatest continuous gains in student achievement for the past three years as measured by assessments in reading and mathematics.

“These schools are showing that excellence can be achieved when they are focused on providing a world-class education for their students,” Barge said.

Qualifying schools are chosen from each congressional district. Each school will receive a $1,000 check from Georgia Natural Gas to be used however they wish.

“Helping schools continue to strive for excellence is one of our key community goals,” Georgia Natural Gas CEO Mike Braswell said.