Governor recognizes Decatur High, Museum School, DeKalb School of the Arts

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt May 24, 2016
Gov. Nathan Deal. Source:

Gov. Nathan Deal. Source:

This story has been updated. 

Gov. Nathan Deal announced the winners of the Highest Performing or Greatest Gains school awards, and three local schools made the list.

In addition, the governor also announced a new “School Reports” website that assigns each school a letter grade A-F. No letter grade score is available for elementary schools in the city of Decatur, likely because the city’s schools are organized as K-3 as opposed to the traditional K-5 model.

Decatur High won a “silver award” for greatest gains. According to the governor’s office, “Greatest Gains schools exhibit high growth in student achievement by earning a three-year average CCRPI Progress Score in at least the 93rd percentile in the state.”

The Museum School of Avondale Estates won silver for “highest performing.” According to the governor’s office, “Highest Performing schools exhibit high academic performance by earning a three-year average CCRPI Achievement Score in at least the 93rd percentile.”

The DeKalb School of the Arts won the “silver” greatest gains award and the “platinum” highest performing award.

This is the second time within the last two months that the DeKalb School of the Arts has outshined Decatur High.  Last month, U.S. News and World Report released a list of best high schools and DeKalb School of the Arts was ranked No. 3 in the state and 102nd nationally. Decatur High School was ranked 13th in the state and 403rd nationally.

The School Reports website assigns a letter grade based on their College and Career Ready Performance Index scores. Earlier this month, Decaturish reported that City Schools of Decatur’s CCRPI scores dropped slightly over the previous year because the state changed the way it calculates the scores. Because of the changes, Decatur’s elementary schools didn’t receive an overall CCRPI score due to the way they are configured.

A CSD spokesperson said she hasn’t seen the data but suspects that is the reason Decatur’s Elementary Schools do not have a letter grade on the School Reports website.

City Schools of Decatur

Decatur High – A

Renfore Middle – B

4/5 Academy – B

Atlanta Public Schools

Jackson High – C

King Middle School – F

Toomer Elementary – F

DeKalb County Schools

Avondale Elementary – F

The Museum School of Avondale Estates – B

Druid Hills Middle – C

Druid Hills High- B

DeKalb School of the Arts – A

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story included an incorrect grades for a few of the schools. It was brought to’s attention on April 4, 2017, nearly a year after it was first published. It’s not clear if these scores were incorrect or if these schools have been assigned new scores. This list has been updated with the most recent information on the state’s website. 

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