Wed., March 14, 2012 7:30am (EDT)

State IDs 'Priority' Schools
By Associated Press
Updated: 2 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
Georgia was one of 10 states to win waivers last month from the No Child Left Behind law. As part of that waiver, the state will designate schools as “priority,” “alert,” “focus” and “reward” schools. The list of priority schools – the worst performers – came out Tuesday. (Photo Courtesy of Ian Britton via FreeFoto.com.)
Georgia was one of 10 states to win waivers last month from the No Child Left Behind law. As part of that waiver, the state will designate schools as “priority,” “alert,” “focus” and “reward” schools. The list of priority schools – the worst performers – came out Tuesday. (Photo Courtesy of Ian Britton via FreeFoto.com.)
The Georgia Department of Education Tuesday released a list of the 78 worst performing schools in the state as part of its waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind law.

The list identifies the state's "priority" schools — those that consistently perform poorly on tests or have low graduation rates. The schools on the list will qualify for state assistance aimed at improving student achievement.

The other designations for school performance under Georgia's waiver are: alert schools, focus schools and reward schools. They replace the “needs improvement” category under NCLB. All of the designations will be handed out by the fall.

The state was one of 10 states to win waivers last month from the highly criticized federal law. More states are expected to apply for relief.

The full list of priority schools is below, or click here for a downloadable PDF.

Bibb County - Central High School

Bibb County - Westside High

Bibb County - Rutland High School

Bibb County - Northeast High School

Bibb County - William S. Hutchings Career Center

Bibb County - Southwest High School

Bibb County - King - Danforth Elementary School

Bibb County - Hartley Elementary School

Bibb County - Burghard Elementary School

Bibb County - Ingram/Pye Elementary School


Brooks County - Brooks County High School


Burke County - Burke County High School


Carroll County - Temple High School


Chatham County - Beach High School

Chatham County - Groves High School


Cobb County - Devereux Ackerman Academy


Dade County - Dade County High School


DeKalb County - DeKalb Transition School

DeKalb County - DeKalb Alternative School

DeKalb County - Elizabeth Andrews High School

DeKalb County - International Student Center

DeKalb County - Indian Creek Elementary School

DeKalb County - Toney Elementary School

DeKalb County - McNair High School

DeKalb County - Clarkston High School

DeKalb County - Towers High School


Dooly County - Dooly County High School


Dougherty County - Albany High School

Dougherty County - Monroe High School

Dougherty County - Dougherty Comprehensive High School


Douglas County - Lithia Springs Comprehensive High School

Douglas County - Inner Harbour School


Fulton County - McClarin Alternative School


Greene County - Greene County High School


Gwinnett County - Gwinnett InterVention Education (GIVE) Center West

Gwinnett County - Meadowcreek High School

Gwinnett County - Gwinnett InterVention Education (GIVE) Center East


Henry County - Henry County High School


Laurens County - East Laurens High School


Meriwether County - Greenville High School


Muscogee County - Fox Elementary School

Muscogee County - Spencer High School

Muscogee County - Cusseta Road Elementary School

Muscogee County - Kendrick High School

Muscogee County - Jordan Vocational High School


Newton County - Challenge Charter Academy


Paulding County - Paulding County High School


Peach County - Peach County High School


Pulaski County - Hawkinsville High School


Randolph County - Randolph Clay High School


Richmond County - W.S. Hornsby K-8 School

Richmond County - Glenn Hills High School

Richmond County - Josey High School

Richmond County - Laney High School


Spalding County - Griffin High School


Stewart County - Stewart County High School


Sumter County - Americus Sumter County High South


Terrell County - Terrell High School


Twiggs County - Twiggs County High School


Walker County - Ridgeland High School


Wilcox County - Wilcox County High School


Wilkinson County - Wilkinson County High School


Atlanta Public Schools - South Atlanta School of Health and Medical Science

Atlanta Public Schools - Booker T. Washington High School, Banking, Finance and Investment Small Sch

Atlanta Public Schools - Booker T. Washington High School, Health, Sciences and Nutrition Small Sch

Atlanta Public Schools - Maynard H. Jackson, Jr. High School

Atlanta Public Schools - Hillside Conant School

Atlanta Public Schools - School of Technology at Carver

Atlanta Public Schools - APS-Forrest Hills Academey

Atlanta Public Schools - School of Health Sciences and Research at Carver

Atlanta Public Schools - South Atlanta School of Computer Animation and Design

Atlanta Public Schools - Therrell School of Law, Government and Public Policy

Atlanta Public Schools - Therrell School of Engineering, Math, and Science

Atlanta Public Schools - Therrell School of Health and Science

Atlanta Public Schools - Crim High School

Atlanta Public Schools - Douglass High School


State Schools - Atlanta Area School for the Deaf

State Schools - Georgia School for the Deaf