New Georgia analysis: see which Cobb schools ‘beat the odds’

new analysis of performance with at-risk student groups shows Cobb County with the highest percentage of schools in metro Atlanta that “beat the odds.” 

The annual statistical analysis by the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement compares schools’ ability to teach based on student characteristics that are “outside the school’s control.” Race, ethnicity, disabilities, English fluency, economic “disadvantage” and transience were considered in Thursday’s report for 2017. Typically, 40 percent of schools beat the odds.

In Cobb, 81 percent of district schools beat the odds, according to a review by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. In Marietta City Schools, 73 percent did.

See how your school performed.

  • Cobb schools that beat the odds

Acworth Intermediate School 

Addison Elementary School 

Allatoona High School 

Argyle Elementary School 

Austell Elementary School 

Baker Elementary School 

Barber Middle School 

Bells Ferry Elementary School 

Blackwell Elementary School 

Brumby Elementary School 

Bryant Elementary School 

Bullard Elementary School 

Campbell Middle School 

Chalker Elementary School 

Cheatham Hill Elementary School 

Clarkdale Elementary School 

Clay Elementary School 

Compton Elementary School 

Cooper Middle School 

Dickerson Middle School 

Dodgen Middle School 

Dowell Elementary School 

Due West Elementary School 

Durham Middle School 

East Cobb Middle School 

East Side Elementary School 

Eastvalley Elementary School 

Fair Oaks Elementary School 

Floyd Middle School 

Ford Elementary School 

Garrett Middle School 

Garrison Mill Elementary School 

Green Acres Elementary School 

Griffin Middle School 

Harmony-Leland Elementary School 

Harrison High School 

Hayes Elementary School 

Hightower Trail Middle School 

Hillgrove High School 

Hollydale Elementary School 

Keheley Elementary School 

Kemp Elementary School 

Kennesaw Mountain High School 

Kincaid Elementary School 

King Springs Elementary School 

LaBelle Elementary School 

Lassiter High School 

Lindley 6th Grade Academy 

Lost Mountain Middle School 

Lovinggood Middle School 

Mabry Middle School 

McCleskey Middle School 

McClure Middle School 

McEachern High School 

Milford Elementary School 

Mount Bethel Elementary School 

Mountain View Elementary School 

Murdock Elementary School 

Nicholson Elementary School 

Nickajack Elementary School 

North Cobb High School 

Norton Park Elementary School 

Palmer Middle School 

Pickett's Mill Elementary 

Pine Mountain Middle School 

Pope High School 

Powder Springs Elementary School 

Powers Ferry Elementary School 

Riverside Intermediate School 

Rocky Mount Elementary School 

Russell Elementary School 

Sanders Elementary School 

Simpson Middle School 

Smitha Middle School 

Smyrna Elementary School 

Sope Creek Elementary School 

South Cobb High School 

Sprayberry High School 

Still Elementary School 

Tapp Middle School 

Teasley Elementary School 

Timber Ridge Elementary School 

Tritt Elementary School 

Varner Elementary School 

Vaughan Elementary School 

Walton High School 

Wheeler High School

  • Cobb schools that failed to beat the odds

Awtrey Middle School 

Belmont Hills Elementary School 

Big Shanty Elementary School 

Birney Elementary School 

Campbell High School 

Daniell Middle School 

Davis Elementary School 

Frey Elementary School 

Hendricks Elementary School 

International Academy of Smyrna 

Kell High School 

Kennesaw Charter School 

Lewis Elementary School 

Lindley Middle School 

Mableton Elementary School 

Osborne High School 

Pebblebrook High School 

Pitner Elementary School 

Sedalia Park Elementary School 

Shallowford Falls Elementary School

Marietta schools that beat the odds:

Dunleith Elementary School 

Hickory Hills Elementary School 

Marietta Center for Advanced Academics 

Marietta High School 

Marietta Sixth Grade Academy 

Park Street Elementary School 

Sawyer Road Elementary School 

West Side Elementary School

Marietta schools that didn’t beat the odds:

A.L. Burruss Elementary School 

Lockheed Elementary School

Marietta Middle School 


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