McIntosh gets national award

Thu, 10/04/2007 - 3:49pm
By: The Citizen

Blue Ribbon recognizes graduation test achievement

McIntosh gets national award

McIntosh High School has been honored as a National Blue Ribbon School in recognition for its outstanding performance on the Georgia High School Graduation Test, among other achievements.

The school was honored for scoring in the top 10 percent of all schools in student achievement.

Principal Tracie Fleming chalked the school’s success up in large part to parents who place a priority on getting a good education for their children. She also lauded the faculty’s role.

“We have I think the best faculty in the state,” Fleming said. “... They work to do whatever it takes to make those kids successful.”

Thursday afternoon Fleming was leading a book-study program for teachers during their planning period. The book?

“Things great teachers do differently.”

McIntosh was one of 283 schools to win the Blue Ribbon designation this year.

McIntosh has an enrollment topping 1,600 students and offers a host of extracurricular activities including 27 sports teams and 35 clubs along with band, chorus and other organizations.

In addition to encouraging overachievement in student performance, McIntosh also has a number of options available for students who are not meeting goals for success, according to the school’s nomination form.

The school was nominated by Georgia School Superintendent Kathy Cox, who is a former McIntosh teacher.

Fleming said the award is “a testament to the hard work of our students, teachers, parents, staff and community. It is their dedication to a high standard of learning and excellence that enabled the school to achieve this national recognition.”

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