On September 6th, the Council for Quality Growth’s Cherokee Advisory Committee hosted Cherokee County School Superintendent Dr. Brian Hightower. Hightower discussed the growth, goals, and successes of the Cherokee County School District and the relationship between education and development patterns.
The Cherokee County Schools’ mission is to “educate the emerging generation through learning environments designed to increase the performance of all students.” Hightower described how developing a strong leadership team within the schools, integrating new technology in all classrooms and lesson plans, and encouraging student success in advanced placement classes are all elements of this goal. Cherokee County schools have had incredible success so far and Hightower hopes to build upon this success as he serves as Superintendent.
Cherokee County School District (CCSD) Statistics:
- 2nd highest school approval rating in Metro Atlanta according to a 2016 ARC report
- SAT scores no. 1 in Metro Atlanta, no. 3 in Georgia
- 5th highest ACT scores out of 180 Georgia districts
- 4th consecutive year on the National Honor Roll for Advanced Placement exam scores
- Named one of the top 10 large school systems nationwide for effective use of technology in education
- 5th highest average teacher salary in Georgia
In addition to these achievements, Hightower discussed his team’s plans to streamline the CCSD strategic plan.
To view the full presentation click HERE.
The Council for Quality Growth commends Dr. Hightower and his team for their work in advancing and maintaining Cherokee County Schools’ high standards for education.