The Museum School of Avondale Estates was named a breakout school for 2016 by the Georgia Association of Secondary School Principals.
The charter school, which allows for interactive lessons through partnerships with various area museums and cultural institutions, received the association’s Distinguished Middle School Breakout Award. The award identifies, recognizes and showcases high achieving or improving Georgia middle schools.
“This recognition is further proof that our innovative museum-based educational model, which promotes discovery and hands-on exploration, continues to drive student performance,” Museum School Principal Katherine Kelbaugh said in a statement.
The school currently has 588 students from kindergarten through eighth grade. Though the school recently received a five-year charter renewal, DeKalb County School District officials cited the school for lacking diversity, particularly among economically disadvantaged students and its governing board.
Federal law dictates that the school reflects the school district in several categories, including racial diversity and the economically disadvantaged population.