It is my pleasure to welcome you to Gordon County Schools, and I am glad you are visiting with us to learn more about our school system. This website has been designed with our stakeholders in mind, and I hope you find it easy to navigate and an informative way to stay connected with your child’s education. The Gordon County community at-large and our school system employees share a tradition of pride in our schools, students and community. Our citizens possess a unique understanding of how a quality education with high expectations and positive results for each student helps us follow our compass for developing a 21st century work ready community, comfortably committed to generating strong ties among students, teachers, and parents.
When a community is united in its commitment to the education of its youth, like Gordon County has demonstrated, good things happen. GCS students’ CRCT/EOCT criterion referenced test scores and performance assessments have documented that we are among the best school systems in the state of Georgia. All of our schools are fully accredited by the Georgia Accrediting Commission and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). In addition, Fairmount Elementary is a “National Blue Ribbon School.”
The key to motivating our students to achieve high academic standards is a meaningful blend of supportive parent involvement, a strong engaging curriculum consisting of best practices, all brought to life by highly qualified and genuinely caring teachers. The students of Gordon County Schools are blessed by daily exposure to caring individuals, educators and non-educators alike. These qualities are plainly evident and serve as the foundation for the successes of Gordon County Schools. Again, welcome to our website, and I hope that you will find the information that you need. For further information, you may contact our central office at 706.629.7366. The mission of Gordon County Schools is to provide a relevant, rigorous, results-based education made possible through supportive, nurturing relationships.
HB 91; ELIMINATION OF GEORGIA HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION TEST REQUIREMENT
An individual (hereinafter referred to as “Student”) no longer enrolled in a Georgia public school and who previously failed to receive a high school diploma in this state or was denied graduation solely for failing to achieve a passing score on one or more portions of the Georgia High School Graduation Tests or its predecessor or the Georgia High School Writing Test or its predecessor may petition the local board of education in which he or she was last enrolled to determine the student’s eligibility to receive a high school diploma pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 20-2-281.1 based on the graduation requirements in effect when the student first entered ninth grade. For information on how to petition Gordon County Schools to determine eligibility for a student under this guidance, click here.
"GORDON COUNTY SCHOOLS' GOT TALENT"
On March 18, Gordon County Schools' Literary Teams brought home state championships in multiple competitions, as well as runners up in several other areas. Gordon Central High School's Literary Team was named 6AA Champions. Additionally, GCHS's Girls Trio, Boys Quartet, Humerous Interpretation, and Duo Intepretation were named State Champions. Sonoraville High School's Girls Trio also brought home Championship medals. For a complete listing of all students names and contests, read the FULL STORY.
TEACHER OF THE YEAR FINALISTS
Christy Smith, Caroline Stephens, and Julie Thomas were chosen by a panel of judges from outside the district as finalists for Gordon County Schools' Teacher of the Year. The selection was made based upon an application outlining their experience, professional development, community involvement, and philosophy of education. Following a school visit and classroom observation by a panel of educators from other districts, one of these superior educators will be named Gordon County Schools’ Teacher of the Year at a ceremony to honor all school-level Teachers of the Year later this spring. This ceremony will be sponsored by Mohawk Industries and First Bank of Calhoun.
GORDON COUNTY STAR STUDENTS RECOGNIZED
L-R: Avery Britt and Ross Dixon
L-R: Ross Dixon, Brian Hall, and Jeff Shattuck- GCHS Assistant Principal
Avery Britt was recently named STAR student for Sonoraville High School after obtaining the highest SAT score in her class. Ross Dixon claimed the honor for Gordon Central High School. These students were recognized locally by the Gordon Optimist Club for their outstanding achievements.
As District STAR student, Dixon and his chosen STAR teacher, Brian Hall, were honored at a dinner sponsored by Professional Association of Georgia Educators and Georgia Chamber of Commerce.
FOUR GORDON COUNTY SCHOOLS RECOGNIZED AS TITLE I REWARD SCHOOLS FOR HIGH PROGRESS
March 2, 2017 – The Georgia Department of Education today released its 2016-2017 list of Title I Reward Schools. A High-Progress School is among the 10 percent of the state’s Title I schools making the most progress in improving the performance of the “all students” group over three years on the statewide assessments. Making the Reward Schools list for high progress for Gordon County were: Ashworth Middle School Belwood Elementary School Fairmount Elementary School Sonoraville Elementary School “These schools and districts are working against the odds to provide an excellent education for their students,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “This is so much more than numbers or data. We are talking about changed lives for thousands of students. I can’t overstate how proud I am of every teacher, administrator, and parent who worked to make that happen.”
BELWOOD AND FAIRMOUNT ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS BEAT STATISTICAL ODDS ON CCRPI
Belwood Elementary Scored Better than 99% of Georgia Schools in Academic Growth
On February 27, the Georgia Department of Education released a statement highlighting schools across the state who beat statistical odds on the 2016 CCRPI. Among those schools included were Belwood Elementary School and Fairmount Elementary School. Additionally, Belwood Elementary was recognized for outperforming 99% of schools in Georgia for academic growth among students.
The CCRPI is Georgia’s statewide accountability system. It measures schools and school districts on a 100-point scale based on multiple indicators of performance. The Beating the Odds analysis predicts a range within which a school’s CCRPI score is statistically expected to fall – given the school’s size, grade cluster, student mobility, and student demographics (including race/ethnicity, disability, English learners, and poverty). If an individual school’s actual CCRPI is above the predicted range, then that school beat the odds.
“We view these schools as major success stories,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “In fact, it’s difficult to fully express the magnitude of what they’ve achieved. Statistically, a high rate of poverty presents multiple barriers to achievement, but these schools are beating the odds and doing excellent work on behalf of Georgia students.”
For a complete listing of Georgia schools that Beat the Odds, click here.
PRE K REGISTRATION
PreK Registration will be held until March 31st. Packets may be picked up at any Gordon County elementary school. For specific information, visit our PreK page.