Dawson County Middle School was recently announced as a Georgia Lighthouse School to Watch.
On Dec. 12, gathered around the front office of the school, DCMS Principal Randi Sagona and administrative staff received the news that DCMS has been announced as a Georgia Lighthouse School to Watch in 2020.
The middle school joins 18 other schools in the state that have reached the distinction.
Georgia Lighthouse Schools to Watch is a program of the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform. Georgia was one of the first three states in the nation to qualify to be part of the program.
The Lighthouse Schools to Watch program seeks to identify high-performing middle grades schools across the state. Schools that are named Lighthouse Schools must meet four areas of criteria: academic excellence, developmental response, social equity and organizational structures and processes.
According to the four domains of the program, Lighthouse Schools are high-performing schools with academic excellence and schools that are sensitive to the unique developmental challenges of early adolescence. They are socially equitable, democratic and fair, providing every student with high-quality resources, teachers, support and learning opportunities. High-performing schools also establish norms, structures and organizational arrangements to support and sustain a trajectory toward excellence.
Dawson County Middle School joins 18 other Georgia schools in the program and will serve as a model and mentor for other schools in the state for the next three years.