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Chase Street Is the Best School in Athens

Chase Street Elementary is the best school in Clarke County at getting its students ready for college and careers.

That’s according to the new College and Career Ready Performance Index released Tuesday by the state Department of Education. The CCRPI replaces the Adequate Yearly Progress measurement in No Child Left Behind.

The ratings (on a scale of 100) are based on student achievement (70 points), progress (15 points) and achievement gap (15 points). Schools also get bonus points if they have large numbers of students with disabilities, students from low-income families and students with disabilities, and for participation in college and career readiness programs.

Here are the rankings for Clarke County schools:

Chase Street Elementary School – 96.5

Barrow Elementary School – 85.5

Whit Davis Elementary School – 82.9

Timothy Road Elementary School – 80.9

J.J. Harris Elementary Charter School – 80.3

Coile Middle School – 80.0

Hilsman Middle School – 79.9

Clarke Middle School – 79.7

Whitehead Road Elementary School – 77.9

Burney-Harris-Lyons Middle School – 76.3

Barnett Shoals Elementary School – 75.6

Cleveland Road Elementary School – 74.1

Fowler Drive Elementary School – 72.7

Alps Road Elementary School – 71.7

Oglethorpe Avenue Elementary School – 70.3

Stroud Elementary School – 67.9

Winterville Elementary School – 67.9

Cedar Shoals High School – 67.9

Clarke Central High School – 67.8

Gaines Elementary School – 59.9

Classic City High School – 47.6 

Elementary – 75.5 (Overall state 83.4)

Middle – 78.2 (Overall state 81.4)

High – 67.0 (Overall state 72.6)

Although CCSD lags behind the state as a whole, Superintendent Phil Lanoue noted improvements in elementary and middle schools that should eventually translate to high schools as those students age.

“Our hard work in elementary and middle schools is supported by the increases in the middle level. We believe that as these students move into high school, students will continue to make progress and close the achievement gap,” Lanoue said.