LOA Named Among Top 50 Public Elementary Schools in the Nation

Once again Lake Oconee Academy has been honored for its academic excellence, extracurricular richness, geographical and demographical diversity, and reputation. TheBestSchools.org has named LOA as one of the top 50 public schools in the nation, including the Department of Defense Schools around the world. Schools on the list are located throughout the continental United States, Germany and Japan and the award was based on the performance of grades three-five in each school.

According to TheBestSchools.org, all of the schools named to the list “illustrate what highly-motivated faculty, staff, parents, and students can achieve by raising expectations, rewarding hard work, and building character. Additionally, all schools on the list, working with what they have, create environments that are highly effective at stimulating learning and fostering personal growth.” All of these criteria fall right in line with LOA’s mission to increase student achievement by building a culture of high expectations for all students. Most importantly, LOA ensures that not only are students expected to achieve, but they are also given the tools they need to do so.

Dr. Otho Tucker, CEO of Lake Oconee Academy had this to say about the honor, “Even though this award was generated by the achievements of grades three-five, I know faculty members from those grades will be the first to say the success stems from a school wide expectation of excellence from all and by all. The preparation these students received in grades Pre-K4 through grade two was critical in the success of the students in grades three-five. Meeting the expectations of teachers for students moving to grades six and beyond also drives third-fifth grade teachers to do their very best every day,” continued Dr. Tucker. “This is a school-wide award driven by a school-wide culture of excellence, which every faculty and staff member has and is committed to attaining.”

All of the schools on the list exemplify success in elementary education. Many of them, like LOA, were awarded 2014 National Blue Ribbon School status. To find out more about this honor, please visit www.thebestschools.org.

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Contact: Kerry Minster