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Ben Hill County Primary School is a REWARD school

Georgia Department of Education releases lists of 2019-20 Distinguished and Reward Schools 

LINKS: Distinguished | Reward​​ 

Note: The Reward Schools list was updated December 19, 2019.

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November 25, 2019 – The Georgia Department of Education is releasing the 2019-2020 lists of Distinguished Schools and Reward Schools. 

The Distinguished Schools designation recognizes the highest-performing Title I schools in Georgia, while the Reward Schools designation recognizes Title I schools making the greatest improvements.

“While we are focused on continuous improvement for all schools, it’s also essential that we recognize when schools are doing well,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods. “These schools are overcoming barriers, meeting challenges, and producing great gains for their students. I commend the school leaders, teachers, parents and communities in our 2019-20 Distinguished and Reward Schools who are opening up opportunities for their students.”

Distinguished Schools are among the highest-performing 5% of Title I Schoolwide schools and Title I Targeted Assistance schools.

Reward Schools are among the greatest-improving 5% of Title I Schoolwide schools and Title I Targeted Assistance schools. Reward Schools also have to maintain the performance of their economically disadvantaged students, students with disabilities, and English learners to be recognized.

Schools must be Title I to be eligible for the Distinguished School and Reward School designations, and must not be currently identified for CSI or TSI support. Click here for detailed criteria. 

We are pleased to announce that Ben Hill Primary School and Ben Hill Elementary School were both named as Reward Schools this year. We are so excited and blessed with great staff and educators who work hard everyday for our students. Go Canes!