DECA recognized as School of Excellence
8/30/2013, 6:19 a.m.
DeKalb Early College Academy is a Georgia School of Excellence.
The Stone Mountain school was one of 28 across the state and the only school in DeKalb County to be recognized by the Georgia Department of Education on Aug. 13 for high academic performance and making strong academic progress last year.
DECA Principal Sharon Riley Ordu said that they have worked hard for the honor.
“It is a huge accomplishment for our school and our district,” she said. “Let’s continue to push forward toward excellence.”
The Schools of Excellence Program honors elementary, middle and high schools from each of Georgia’s 14 congressional districts that are either academically superior or demonstrate dramatic gains in student achievement.
DECA was recognized for its academic progress, making the greatest gains on the College and Career-Ready Performance Index of all District 4 schools.
Interim Superintendent Michael Thurmond said the School Board is proud of DECA’s academic achievement.
“This impressive accomplishment demonstrates the results of hard work, focus and dedication,” he said. “We are proud of Principal Ordu, her staff and teachers on receiving this most prestigious honor.”
As part of the award, the school will receive a $1,000 check from Georgia Natural Gas.