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Lighthouse School to Watch
Georgia Lighthouse Schools to Watch Program Description
The program’s standards are incorporated in four categories of criteria:
- Academic Excellence
- Developmental Responsiveness
- Social Equity
- Organizational Structures and Processes
Schools who have completed the School Self-Study and Rating Rubric and believe that they are ready request an application.
A School Leadership Team assumes responsibility for completing the comprehensive, written application. Applications are due June 30. Applications are assessed individually by board members, who then meet to determine which schools warrant a site visit. Teams of five or more trained middle level educators subsequently conduct two-day site visits to schools selected. When all team reports have been completed, the board determines which schools, if any, can be designated as Georgia Lighthouse Schools. Some schools that have been visited but do not fully meet all the criteria may be designated as Beacon Schools and are encouraged to reapply. A celebration involving the student body, faculty, staff, and representatives from the community and businesses is held in each school following the school's designation as a Georgia Lighthouse School to Watch. Each school then receives a symbolic ceramic lighthouse, a bronze plaque, a banner, and a distinctive lighthouse lapel pin for each faculty and staff person.