Coweta Charter Academy in Senoia increased its school scores by 11 percentage points and earned a four-star climate rating in the 2017 College and Career Readiness Performance Index scores recently released by the Georgia Department of Education.
The charter academy’s CCRPI scores are 10.2 percentage points above the state score and 7.4 percentage points above the Coweta County School system. According to its charter contract, the school must outperform the local school system in the CCRPI rating.
Coweta Charter Academy’s score was the highest among state charter schools in Georgia.
CCRPI is a school improvement, accountability and communication platform that allows educators an opportunity to determine where their programs are succeeding and where additional focus is required to promote college and career readiness for all Georgia public school students.
“Our goal every year is to improve upon past results, and I am so proud of the students, staff and parents for their untiring determination to achieve excellence,” said Gene Dunn, principal of Coweta Charter Academy. “I am especially proud of the four-star climate rating. That shows that in addition to being high-performing, the culture and climate here make it a place students enjoy attending.”
Last year, Dunn implemented the Thinking Maps program as a way to continue improvement and reach this year’s achievement goals.
Thinking Maps provide a tool for students to reach higher levels of critical and creative thinking. They are linked to eight specific thought processes that help students and teachers visualize their thinking and learn techniques essential to current educational standards. Additionally, Coweta Charter is pursuing STEAM certification – an integration of science, technology, engineering and math infused with meaningful arts integration.
“We, as a board, are so proud of the progress our students have shown this year,” said Taasha Blevins, chairperson of the Georgia Charter Educational Foundation, the school’s governing board. “It is so gratifying to walk through the halls and just feel the energy and excitement from the students.”
Blevins said Dunn and the Coweta Charter staff “have shown such a deep dedication to this school’s success and the results are evident.”