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Cool School: Webster County High School

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Webster County High School is one of only 9 schools in Georgia to receive the Blue Ribbon honor. This award recognizes very high performing schools or those that are working hard to close the achievement gap. Webster County High School made significant improvement in their end of year test scores and that makes them this weeks Cool School.

They call it the blue hall and it's where Webster County students spend their high school years. It's also down this corridor where the 121 9th-12th graders have made significant academic progress. The latest end of year test scores show that 90% of students passed the English language exam and 76% passed math.

"I've improved as I've gotten older on my test scores," said 11th grader Katherine Harris.

"Especially in myself and my friends and what not, we've improved tremendously," said senior class president James Cutts.

The Blue Ribbon award was given to the high school for improvements in test scores and everyone agrees teachers have really made the difference.

"The teachers can work with us better since we're smaller and we can get more personal with them so they can get to know us better. Where we struggle and where we're better so they work with us to help us out," said Katherine Harris.

Rob Bailey is the sole science teacher for the high school and has worked at Webster County for the past 3 years. He said engagement is one of the reasons his student's science scores improved.

"I have students work in small groups, mixing them so they're not all with their own clique and that kind of thing. So I try to get students to interact with each other and help share and help them help each other to do better," said Bailey.

As one of the only rural schools on the Blue Ribbon list in Georgia, Assistant Principal Dorothy Crimes has advice for other small town school systems.

"If we put students at the forefront of our reason for being here. If we put learning first, making sure our classroom time is protected, supporting our teachers, communicating with out parents, involving all stake holders and making sure that our students are learning, I think that would make all of our schools successful," said Crimes.

One administrator and one teacher will attend a special Blue Ribbon ceremony in Washington D.C. later next month.

If you want to nominate your school for one of our Cool Schools email me at nkeitt@wrbl.com

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