Gateway Academy wins GOSA Award

02/10/2012
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For making what the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement describes as “great gains,” GOSA has awarded Georgia Perimeter College’s Gateway to College Academy the 2011 Single Statewide Accountability System bronze award.
“It takes the collaborative effort of teachers, principals and parents working with students to reap this level of success, and I applaud your entire school community for this accomplishment,” said Bonnie Holliday, GOSA executive director. “Gateway to College Academy is one of only four high schools in the state of Georgia to receive this award for the 2010-2011 school year.”
Located on GPC’s Clarkston Campus, Gateway is “an alternative school that gives students who are disengaged and disenchanted with high school a second opportunity to earn their diplomas and begin earning college credits,” said Gateway Director Robert Wigfall. “Many Gateway students go on to earn college degrees as a result of their exposure to the academy.”
The bronze award recognizes Gateway’s success in several areas. First, the academy had to stay clear of Needs Improvement status as determined by the Georgia Department of Education and the federal No Child Left Behind Act. Gateway also had to demonstrate that at least 20 percent of students exceeded standards in all test areas measured by the state assessment. The academy also had to place in the 95th percentile or higher statewide in the Greatest Students Achievement Gains category.
This award reflects the hard work and dedication of the Gateway teaching and counseling staff, Wigfall said. 
“The staff does an excellent job of meeting students where they are and moving them forward,” he said. “We’re taking students out of high school who are not progressing and not doing as well as they would like, and putting them a college community, asking them to take high school and college courses. We’re asking them to grow up and be college freshmen before they have graduated high school. That’s similar to GPC’s dual enrollment program but dual enrollment takes only students with a 3.0 GPA or better. Our staff is succeeding with students from the other end of the spectrum.
“I congratulate them on doing the work to earn this bronze award,” Wigfall said.

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Georgia Perimeter College, the third largest institution of the University System of Georgia, serves approximately 27,000 students through four campuses and several sites in metro Atlanta. For additional information, visit www.gpc.edu.