VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -
A South Georgia school has earned a prestigious title. Hahira Middle School is a Georgia Lighthouse School to Watch. The school was chosen for its academic excellence and commitment to students.
The National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform chose Hahira Middle because of their commitment to excellence. They serve as a role model from which other schools can model themselves.
They must show academic achievement, responsiveness to the needs of adolescents, and a passion for helping all students achieve at high levels.
"We believe in rigor. We believe in relevance, and we believe in relationships," said Principal Kip McLeod.
The teachers of Hahira Middle collaborate together. They offer the students engaging assignments. 8th grader, Lori Taylor said, "I really like my math teacher. We had to do an essay, explaining in words how you do your math work. It really gets you think about other ways to do your school work."
Relationships are cultivated so the students feel encouraged. 7th grader, Tre' Jackson, told us, "I like being here because the teachers are so friendly to the students. They try to help students with problems, and if you have a question about a certain class or activity, you can always go to a teacher."
The process of being chosen is rigorous. The school endured numerous interviews and classroom observations. In the end, Hahira Middle School had no problem making the grade.