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Academics

Each day, the Lake Oconee Academy campus is energized by the excitement of students learning. Our dedicated teachers and supportive school community are all focused on the success of each child and their individual educational journey. Student success is the result of a combination of factors including traditional teaching methodologies, incorporation of modern technology, integration of Common Core Georgia Performance Standards (CCGPS) and the Core Knowledge Curriculum, and well developed year-long plans segmented into challenging daily lessons.

Student success can be exhibited in many ways. Our high quality faculty and staff use formative assessments to keep teachers abreast of student progress from day to day, and week to week. Summative assessments (state developed, teacher developed, and computer generated) are used to chronicle short and long term retention as well as ensure student academic growth is meeting expectations. Our teachers appreciate the stages of a child’s growth and recognize that each student develops at a unique pace, yet our expectations for achievement are high. Consequently, our curriculum allows students to explore, and their mistakes are viewed as part of the learning process and as an important building block in their development.

As a Georgia public charter school, Lake Oconee Academy is required to administer all applicable tests from the Georgia State Criterion-Reference Comprehensive Testing program (CRCT). Also, each year Lake Oconee Academy administers the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS). This test allows parents to compare the performance of their child(ren) with that of other students across the nation. It also allows Lake Oconee Academy to compare the collective performance of our school’s students to that of other schools’ students. 

LOA is one of the highest performing schools in Georgia.  In 2010, LOA was one of only three schools out of over 1,240 schools in Georgia that had every first, second and third grade student meet or exceed standards in reading, language arts, mathematics, social studies, and science.

Lake Oconee Academy
Historical Data for Student Achievement

2007-2008
LOA receives Bronze Award for Highest Percentage of Students Meeting or Exceeding Standards from The Governor’s Office of Student Achievement in the Single Statewide Accountability System (SSAS), the highest level a first year school could attain (despite earning Platinum status).

•    100% of all testing and indicators passed by LOA students.

2008-2009
LOA receives Gold Award for Highest Percentage of Students Meeting or Exceeding Standards from the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement in the Single Statewide Accountability System (SSAS), the highest level a second year school could attain (despite earning Platinum status).

•    100% of the students met or exceeded all standards in reading, language arts, and mathematics, and over 60% percent of students exceeded.

2008-09 ITBS Grade Equivalent of Average Scale Score         

Grade Reading Lang. Arts Math Core Total
K 1.5 1.7 1.7 1.6
1 2.9 2.5 2.5 2.6
2 3.9 3.7 4.2 3.9

     
The National School Norms indicate the percentile rank of the school compared to other schools in the norm group testing the same grade level. The Grade Equivalent Average for each grade in each subject area is significantly above grade level.

2009-2010
LOA receives Platinum Award for Highest Percentage of Students Meeting or Exceeding Standards from the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement in the Single Statewide Accountability System (SSAS).

•    100% of the first and second grade students met or exceeded all standards in reading, language arts, and mathematics.
•    100% of the third grade students met or exceeded all standards in reading, language arts, mathematics, social studies, and science.
•    Over 60% of LOA students exceeded expectations.

2009-10 ITBS Grade Equivalent of Average Scale Score 

Grade Reading Lang. Arts Math Soc. Studies Science
K 1.5 1.7 1.7 NA NA
1 2.9 NA NA NA NA
2 4.4 4.0 4.3 NA NA
3 4.9 5.4 4.9 5.7 NA
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
These results show the average student at LOA is functioning 0.5 to 1.5 grade equivalents ahead of the national average.

2010-2011
 LOA receives Silver Award for Highest Percentage of Students Meeting or Exceeding Standards from the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement in the Single Statewide Accountability System (SSAS).
 
•    96% of the students met or exceeded standards with over 60% of the students exceeding standards. The school moved into its new facility and nearly doubled its enrollment from 89 to 172 students. The school was working with many students who had not been part of the LOA program in the past.

•    100% of fifth grade students met or exceeded standards on the state writing test.

2011-12
LOA receives Platinum Award for Highest Percentage of Students Meeting or Exceeding Standards from the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement in the Single Statewide Accountability System (SSAS).

•    99% of the students met or exceeded standards with over 60% of the students exceeding standards.

•    The first and second grade students took released versions of the CRCT and all the tests were passed except one test. These students show there is a bright future for the academic performance of LOA students.

•    100% of fifth grade students met or exceeded standards on the state writing test.

Lake Oconee Academy Summary 

Year   AYP Governor's Office SSAS Award 5th Grade Writing Test
100% Yes Bronze* NA NA
2008-2009 100% Yes Gold* NA
2009-2010 100% Yes Platinum NA
2010-2011 96% Yes Silver 100%
2011-2012 99% Yes Platinum 100%

 

 

 

 

 

  

*Students earned Platinum status, but Bronze and Gold were highest level a first and second year school could attain.