Atlanta, Georgia – Centennial Academy, in its fourth year as a conversion charter school in downtown Atlanta, has increased its score by over 20 points per the Georgia Department of Education's College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) for 2017. Centennial's elementary score is 82.7, with a score of 80.8 for middle school, and an overall school score of 82.3. This is a 21.6 point increase from the 2016 score of 60.7. In comparison, Atlanta Public Schools increased by 3.1 and the state of Georgia increased by 1.4 on the 2017 CCRPI.
"We are extremely pleased with the academic growth showcased during the 2016-2017 school year. Our progress is attributed to the intentional focus on the right work," stated Associate Head of School for Academic Affairs, Alison Shelton. "This focus requires dedicated teachers and enthusiastic learners who have one goal in mind ~ student growth." Centennial's emphasis on growth over time is especially evident by the addition of its middle school, 6 - 8 grades, which has allowed the school to steepen the growth pattern established during the elementary years at the school. In two of the last three years of the middle school's existence, CCRPI scores have exceeded both the district and state.
The CCRPI is Georgia's statewide accountability system, implemented in 2012 to replace No Child Left Behind's Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) measurement. It measures schools and school districts on a 100-point scale based on multiple indicators of performance including student achievement on the Georgia Milestones Assessment System.
Centennial Academy has outperformed the district score of 68.3 and state score of 75, achieving the academic benchmarks as outlined in its charter agreement all while meeting the needs of a diverse group of learners including the economically disadvantaged, students with disabilities, and students who are learning to speak English. Centennial Academy's vision is to serve as a learning community in which all scholars realize their full potential, graduating prepared and motivated for future success.
"Inspired by Jim Collins' bestseller Good to Great, in 2013 Pat Basset, former Executive Director of the National Association of Independent schools, developed a list of 25 factors great independent schools have in common. Centennial Academy has been attending to several of those factors and really hitting the mark on the top factor on the list, which is to 'Create and perpetuate an intentional culture shaped by the adults, rooted in universal values of honesty and caring, relentlessly oriented toward achievement'," Head of School Carol Santos said. "So long as Centennial continues to organize itself and implement its professional routines around this key factor, its scholars will continue to experience the kind of success that has long defined the very best private schools in the nation; the kind of success that results in progressive student growth, which naturally leads to impressive CCRPI scores, as but one of many success markers a Centennial Academy education aims to achieve."
About Centennial Academy
Centennial Academy is a conversion charter school in the heart of Atlanta, educating scholars in Kindergarten through 8th grade. The school's mission is to create a culture of opportunity and discovery in which scholars are developed into creative critical thinkers with the vision and courage to impact a global society. The school's curriculum is centered in Project-based Learning with a STEAM focus. As a community school, Centennial Academy readily extends beyond its campus borders in strong partnerships with institutions of early and higher learning, industry, and social services such as Georgia Tech, Georgia Aquarium, YMCA Metro Atlanta, Georgia Natural Gas, Paramount Hospitality Group/Hampton Inn, and Sheltering Arms Early Education and Family Center.
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