The Georgia School Boards Association awarded the Cherokee County School Board its 2019 Distinguished School Board designation, which honors school boards that consistently model best practices and meet specific high standards of excellence.
As one of the first school districts in the Nation to earlier achieve “District Accreditation as a Quality School System” from Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI), CCSD received high marks and was re-accredited for another five years in 2017 by AdvancED.
CCSD for the second consecutive year has earned 4.5 stars (out of a possible 5) in the State’s Financial Efficiency Star Ratings measuring school districts’ spending per student in relation to those students’ academic performance – tying for the best score in metro Atlanta.
CCSD was named an Innovative District for 2018 by The International Center for Leadership in Education – one of only 11 school districts in the Nation to be recognized with this top award for excellence in classroom instruction!
CCSD in 2018 earned its highest marks for cultivating a positive school climate: 4 stars (out of a possible 5) in the State’s annual ratings, which measure how a community views the quality of its school’s culture and character.
CCSD’s graduation rate has reached a new high, with 87.4% of the Class of 2018 earning a diploma within four years of entering high school. CCSD has grown its graduation rate almost 15 percentage points since 2012.
According to State data collected from Georgia public colleges and universities, when CCSD students move on to college, they’re more prepared than their classmates, as 95 percent don’t need a single remedial class.
The average SAT Score for CCSD’s Class of 2018 is 1122… ranking CCSD as No. 2 among metro Atlanta counties! CCSD’s average SAT score margin is 73 points over the National average and 68 points over the State average.
CCSD’s Class of 2018 earned an average ACT score of 23, continuing to outscore both National and State averages… and earning the third-highest average score in metro Atlanta — even as more students took the college entrance and placement exam (11% increase from 2017).
CCSD’s high schools all have been named AP Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics and AP STEM Achievement Schools, and Creekview HS and Etowah HS additionally were named AP Merit Schools.
CCSD for its innovations in academic school choice has twice won National recognition from the MAGNA Award Program presented by American School Board Journal recognizing outstanding academic programs that advance learning… most recently for its Cherokee Academies initiative to expand STEM and arts education for elementary school students.
For the second year in a row, CCSD’s School Nutrition program earned the highest honor in the State for providing fresh, healthy meals to students: the Golden Radish Award at the Platinum Level presented by Georgia's Departments of Agriculture, Public Health, Education and Georgia Organics.
CCSD again earned National recognition for communications by bringing home four 2019 National School Public Relations Association Awards, which recognized the #SafeCherokee safety and security public awareness campaign, the CCSD Connections parent e-newsletter, the CCSD website at www.cherokeek12.net and a video explaining CCSD’s annual budget.