Four schools in Cherokee County School District have earned awards from the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement based on high performance and growth.

Bascomb Elementary School was selected for a silver-level Highest Performing Award. Avery Elementary School, Holly Springs Elementary School STEM Academy and Sequoyah High School were named Greatest Gains award-winners in the gold, silver and bronze categories respectively.

The Highest Performing and Greatest Gains school awards, developed by GOSA and approved by the State Board of Education, are part of Georgia’s Single Statewide Accountability System. According to GOSA, Highest Performing schools must earn a three-year average College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) Content Mastery Score that ranks in at least the 93rd percentile. Greatest Gains schools must earn a three-year average CCRPI Progress Score that ranks in at least the 93rd percentile. Each award category has four tiers: Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze. GOSA revised the criteria for the SSAS awards in 2018 with the SBOE’s approval to account for changes to the CCRPI formula. For more information on the award criteria, visit

Winning schools will receive a banner and certificate to display in the school.

Shannon is a reporter covering education, city governments, crime, features, religion and other local news. She is a graduate of Young Harris College and currently lives in unincorporated Woodstock.

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