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School Attendance Zone decision, tonight for Union Grove Parents

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HENRY COUNTY SCHOOLS MCDONOUGH, GA December 9, 2013. Just hours from now at 7 p.m. the Henry County Board of Education will decide how or if it will change the Attendance Zone for Union Grove Parents, living along the east side of the GA Hwy 42 corridor just north of McDonough.

At the last four Board meetings parents have asked, threatened, cajoled, and picketed against moving their Attendance Zone to that of Eagle’s Land High and Middle School.

Of the Hours of comments made in October here, here, and here; then in November here, and here, here, and here; and earlier this month at the Study Session here, and here only two clear academic reasons were apparent.

Eagle’s Landing - Middle and High does not have an Orchestra Program, or teach German as a Foreign Language.

There were several points made that touches on darker reasons.

From the chart above you can see:

  • Twice as many Economically Disadvantaged children attend Eagle’s Landing, as does Union Grove.
  • Eagle’s Landings ethnic composition is uniquely different from that of Union Grove.

Additional questions and concerns:

  • Wanted to know why the construction raising Eagle’s Landings sub-par facilities to a standard roughly equal those of newer high schools, like Union Grove. Was not spent expanding Union Grove so they would not have to rezone.
  • Home values would decrease.

In all this, no one has stepped forward to publicly state the many academic accomplishments, Eagle’s Landing High Students, have accomplished in the last few years.

Following is a short list of accomplishments due to space limitations:

2013 U.S News and World Report Best High Schools, Top 20 in the State of Georgia, the only school in Henry County to make this list

2013 Washington Post America’s Most Challenging Schools (3rd consecutive year)

2013 Mock Trial Region Champions and State Final Four (5th Region Championship in 7 years)

2013 AP Access and Support School (6th consecutive year)

2013 One Act Play Region Champs, State Elite 8

2013 Band - Silver Grand Champion, Greater Atlanta Marching Festival

2013 National Merit Scholarship Winner

2013 Henry County Teacher of the Year and State Finalist-Barbara Rosolino

2013 NJROTC Distinguished Unit (3rd consecutive year)

2012-2013 Tied at 98% for top GHSWT pass rate in the county

2012 AP Stem Achievement School

2012 AP Stem School

2011 AP Stem Achievement School

2011 AP Stem School

Held the county record for highest SAT Composite 1539 until UGHS set the new record this year, both above the national and state average in 2013

Recently finished the AYP cycle as a 5 time AYP Distinguished School (8 consecutive years making AYP)

4 time Newsweek America’s Best Schools honoree

2010 Honored by the Governor as one of the top 3 schools in the state for increased graduation rate while maintaining academic rigor

2010 Best High School in Henry County Atlanta Magazine

Honored in WSB report as the top high school in Henry County for college GPA of graduates attending Georgia Public Colleges and Universities

2010-11 HOSA Second Place in Forensic Science for the State of Georgia competed at Nationals, Region winner in pathophysiology knowledge test

2011-12 Outstanding HOSA chapter, HOSA News Letter, and HOSA week at the National level, Region winner in CPR, medical math, medical spelling, and forensic science

2012-13 HOSA Fourth Place in Creative Problem Solving, and Region winner in medical terminology, medical math, medical spelling, dental spelling, creative problem solving, and epidemiology

2012 Laws of Life State first runner up

Literary team Region Comp:

2012 1st Extemporary Speaking, Boy

2012 1st Extemporary Speaking, Girl

2012 2nd Essay

2012 3rd Essay

2013 2nd Dramatic Interpretation

2013 2nd Extemporary Speaking

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