The school was recently recognized as a 2011 National Blue Ribbon school, and was the only high school in Georgia to receive this honor.
According to www.ed.gov, the U.S. Department of Education website, Blue Ribbon schools are chosen based on one of two criteria: 1) These schools must rank in the top 10 percent of the state in student achievement; or 2) they must be classified as “dramatically improved schools,” meaning they significantly improve academic achievement of at least 40 percent of their economically disadvantaged students.
Calhoun High received the award based on high performance in student achievement.
“The National Blue Ribbon Schools Award is the highest honor a school can receive,” said Calhoun City Schools Superintendent Michele Taylor. “We are extremely proud of the teachers, students, parents and community for their efforts to support Calhoun High School’s commitment to excellence in all areas.”
Last fall, explained then-principal Kelly Bumgardner, she was notified by the state department of education that CHS was being considered for Blue Ribbon honors. Calhoun High School is set to receive its Blue Ribbon on Nov. 15 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C., according to a U.S. Department of Education press release; the presentation will come after final AYP results are calculated.
“It’s not my honor, it’s the students’,” said Bumgardner. “We are proud of our students and our community.”
Bumgardner is now the Director of Facilities Operations for the new Calhoun Middle and High School construction development; Greg Green is now principal of the school.
“We will continue teaching and learning, and re-examining our craft,” said Green. “That’s what it comes down to.”
Green went on to say that CHS will change with the times to accommodate the needs of its students so that they are best prepared for life after high school.
“This award shows that we take care of business,” said Green.