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Lithia Springs High Receives Honorable Mention as a High Flying School back button

 LSHS administrators and students from Ms. Henderson`s environmental science class celebrate Lithia`s newest honor.
LSHS administrators and students from Ms. Henderson`s environmental science class celebrate Lithia`s newest honor.

Congratulations to Lithia Springs High School for receiving Honorable Mention at the 2016 High Flying Schools Award ceremony to be held at the 27th National Youth-At-Risk Conference, March 6-9, 2016, in Savannah, Georgia. Lithia Springs will be recognized at the opening session of the conference.

Lithia Springs High School has made great strides in student achievement since receiving a School Improvement Grant in 2011. Lithia Springs had the highest growth of 48 schools that received School Improvement Grants in Georgia. Between 2012 and 2015, Lithia’s graduation rate rose from 61.8% to 87.7%. The school implemented a school improvement model called “The Mane Thing” that focuses school and teacher decisions around prioritized needs of the students and community. Students at Lithia spend 30 minutes of the day in a session dedicated to providing remediation to students, to providing attendance and discipline interventions, and to building student-teacher relationships.

In addition to academic achievement, other criteria for the award included being a high poverty and high minority school, collaborating with the community, and developing citizenship skills in the student body. LSHS has engaged the community through an active school council, a STEM advisory board, and a PTSA which all work to address the needs of the students. Community partners include Google, Georgia Tech, Georgia Power, Kraft, WellStar, Tanner Medical Center, and local businesses.

The National Youth-At-Risk Conference trains adults who serve youth to create safe, healthy, caring, and intellectually empowering educational environments that foster the well-being of all children and adolescents. To accomplish this mission, it offers over 120 presentations by nationally and internationally recognized presenters to over 1200 conference participants from across the United States.

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