“We are excited to receive the title of a Distinguished School, as it demonstrates the incredible work going on at Brookwood every day,” said Dr. Tim Scott, DPS superintendent.
Brookwood is a Title 1 Distinguished School, one of the highest-performing Title 1 schools in the state of Georgia, according to the 2018 list released on December 4 by State School Superintendent Richard Woods.
Distinguished Schools are among the top 5 percent of all Title I schools in Georgia, when ranked according to their most recent CCRPI score. Brookwood scored the highest in the district with a CCRPI score of 89.2.
Brookwood Principal Meleia Bridenstine knows this title is the result of efforts put in during the 2017-18 school year.
"I am so proud of the months and months of hard work that our students, teachers and families did to accomplish so much," she said. "We are continuing the hard work this year, and I look forward to even more success. It is an absolute honor to work alongside such a dedicated learning community."
All Distinguished Schools will be eligible to apply for the National Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Distinguished Schools Program award, sponsored by the National Association of ESEA State Program Administrators, in 2019. Each state selects two schools for this award; those two schools are recognized nationally and receive award funds from Title I A to support participation in the national conference.
Dr. Tim Scott, Dalton Public Schools superintendent, said Brookwood is deserving of this award. "We are excited to receive the title of a Distinguished School, as it demonstrates the incredible work going on at Brookwood every day," he said. "I am so proud of the school's commitment to excellence in the classroom and in the community. We couldn't have the success we do without our dedicated staff, families and students."
Moving forward, the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) will calculate the list of Distinguished Schools annually. Beginning in fall 2019, GaDOE will also calculate a list of Reward Schools – schools with the highest rate of improvement when the current year's CCRPI score is compared to the previous year.
"In addition to identifying schools in need of additional support, it's important for us to recognize and applaud schools when they're doing well," State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. "These public schools are among the very best in the state and are doing extraordinary work on behalf of their students and communities. I extend my thanks and congratulations to every teacher, administrator, staff member, student, parent and community partner who contributed to their success."