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How One School Went from Struggling to Thriving

Guest post by Jessica Ainsworth, Garrick Askew, and Lee Collins

In 2011, Lithia Springs High School (LSHS) needed help. The Douglas County, GA, school had been lagging behind state and national benchmarks long enough to be identified as a Priority School (schools among the lowest 5 percent of Title I schools in terms of academic achievement).

But with the arrival of a grant, a new principal, and a dedicated administrative team, LSHS turned things around and has seen increases in the graduation rate, job placements, and college acceptances.

The Background

LSHS serves an urban, majority-minority, socioeconomically disadvantaged population of students. The tie binding LSHS’s students to the urban sprawl is its free and reduced lunch population, which hovers around 78 percent. (more…)