UPDATED: Winder-Barrow Identified as 'Focus School' Due to Gap in Graduation Rates of Highest and Lowest Achieving Students

The school was identified as a "focus school" by the Georgia Department of Education due to the graduation gap between its white subgroup and the students with disability subgroup.

CLARIFICATION: The Barrow County School System has clarified the reason one of its two high schools has been identified as a "focus school" by the Georgia Department of Education.

"The reason for the Focus School designation for Winder-Barrow High School is due to its graduation gap between it's white subgroup and the Students With Disability subgroup," Superintendent Wanda Creel wrote in an e-mail to Barrow Patch.

Creel said Winder-Barrow High School's graduation rate was 71.6 percent in 2010 and 76.4 percent in 2011. She noted the overall net gain of almost 5 percent in one year. 

Do you feel better about Winder-Barrow High School's graduation rate, given it IS NOT less than 60 percent? Is 76.4 percent an acceptable rate? Tell us in comments.


One of Barrow County's two public high schools has been identified by the Georgia Department of Education as a "focus school".

Winder-Barrow High School is one of 156 schools statewide with graduation rates of less than 60 percent over two years or with large gaps between the highest and lowest achieving subgroup of students.

The schools are one step above the state's worst performing schools — termed "priority schools". A list of those schools was released last week and no Barrow County school was included. 

Georgia schools are categorized under a new accountability system after the state was one of 10 to receive waivers last month from the federal No Child Left Behind law.

What do you think faculty and staff can do to improve the school's graduation rate? Tell us in comments.

N. Matthews March 22, 2012 at 03:19 PM
So, 1 in 4 students are not graduating. What can the public do to help? Do students need more one on one tutoring, different study aids, more enforcement of homework at home, etc? They are our future and everyone one in the community should be concerned. School leadership - please tell us what would make a difference.
olena March 22, 2012 at 07:59 PM
I graduated in 2010 and saw that it allll stems from the mindset of the students....it's the "cool" thing to not want to do well in school, and you don't really get recognized for doing well, either. I think that that school first needs to bring on many strong motivational speakers and more rewards to students that do well so everyone is motivated to do well, and, also, bring in actual EDUCATION! I bet you a million dollars that even special education students can pass the regular classes. The curriculum is rediculously easy and people are too lazy. The school needs to bring in teachers and staff who have strong character and can motivate kids and teach them about the FUTURE. People don't think about the future at all! And, they need to teach kids on why education is important by backing it up with the facts, and to teach kids how to apply to college because I had to teach myself how to do it.
Amber Spain March 28, 2012 at 01:39 AM
Not exactly everyone has the same views as you on religion. Just saying.
tabby March 28, 2012 at 12:35 PM
I am glad we all have different views on religion and everything else .It would be weird to live in this world where people are all the same . It would be boring and Stepford like,but some people don't like to think for themselves they just like to follow the next guy .Sorry this didn't stay more focused on the school. " just saying"
J April 13, 2012 at 12:04 AM
One thing is certain...teachers are tirelessly working to educate students every day. However, the public cry for them to improve while they continue to get cuts in pay and are expected to participate more and more in clubs and other activities gets exhausting. Maybe if the community, on a national level, became more understanding and respectful of what it is like to essentially raise children, teachers would feel more accepted and have more passion to continue educating children instead of burning out.


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