Rita Bradley strives for excellence, so it was no surprise to her that her south Augusta elementary school made the No Excuses Schools list Monday.
The Terrace Manor Elementary School principal said she was surprised only to learn there was such a list.
"I didn't know this list existed," she said.
Mrs. Bradley's school is one of two Richmond County schools on Georgia's list of 23 No Excuses Schools, released by the Georgia Public Policy Foundation.
The schools on the list have all exhibited academic achievements despite their above-average poverty rates.
The poverty index, developed by the foundation, measures how well a school is performing relative to its poverty rate.
The poverty rate is based on the number of pupils receiving free or reduced lunches.
Earlier this year, Terrace Manor was one of two Richmond County schools to receive the Distinguished rating for the annual Title I review.
Mrs. Bradley attributes her school's academic achievements to the teachers and staff. She said it's their dedication that makes the difference.
Glenn Hills Middle School also made the list. The principal was out of town Monday and unavailable for comment.
Emanuel County Institute is another school that's beating the odds.
The Georgia Public Policy Foundation is a private, nonpartisan independent research organization that focuses on state policy issues. The list was compiled from statistics in the foundation's interactive 2002 Report Card for Parents, which was released in April.
"It's a far-reaching message that all children can learn and all children can achieve," Mrs. Bradley said.
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