Phoenix High School was recognized on September 29, 2009 by state superintendent Kathy Cox for raising test scores during the previous school year.
Cox announced the winners of the second annual Superintendent's Distinguished Acheivement awards. The awards honor the top ten highest achieving schools and the top ten schools making the greatest improvements on state curriculum tests.
Phoenix High School received two awards for improving on the percentage of students passing portions of the Georgia High School Graduation Test for the first time. In Science, Phoenix students increased from 55 percent passing in 2007-2008 school year to 75% percent passing in the 2008-2009 school year, the fifth highest improvement in the state. Social Studies passing percentages rose from 50% to 72.2, second highest in the state.
Phoenix students also received recognition for improvement on the Georgia High School Writing Test, increasing from 73.3 percent meeting or exceeding standards to 95.2 percent, the fourth highest in Georgia.
Phoenix students, teachers, administrators, and community have a lot to be proud of. Keep up the hard work.
Source: Daily Citizen News, September 30, 2009 Edition.
From Left to Right: Dr. Beth Hayes, Mr. Fred Toney, and Mrs. Mary Anne Fogle
PHS Receives GACHE Grant
Phoenix High School is proud to announce that it has been selected as a recipient of the Georgia Appalachian Center for Higher Education (GACHE) Grant. The purpose of GACHE is to increase student interest and participation in furthering their educational opportunities beyond high school.
The GACHE Check Presentation ceremony took place at The Forum in Rome, Georgia on October 25, 2010 beginning at 9:00 a.m. Governor Sonny Perdue, Department of Community Affairs Commissioner Mike Beatty, officials from four Regional Educational Service Agencies (RESA) and Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) representatives were in attendance.
We are fortunate here at Phoenix High School to have Mrs. Maryanne Fogle and Dr. Beth Hayes devote such a large amount of their time to writing, editing, designing, proffering, and proposing such wonderful opportunities for our students in order to qualify to receive the GACHE Grant. It is a fantastic occasion for our students to benefit from these resources.
GACHE is administered by North Georgia College and University in Dahlonega, Georgia. In an effort to address the barriers Appalachian students face regarding access to higher education, GACHE makes funds available to Georgia public high schools on a competitive basis to implement new, expanded, or innovative strategies for improving both access to and success in college for high school students. GACHE also provides technical assistance and training to school grantees, and serves as a community resource center offering information and data related to activities that improve higher education access.