Foothills has been named the 2020 Georgia Charter Schools Association Innovative Charter School of the Year, a statewide recognition for Foothills’ innovative practices leading to more student success.

Since August of 2015, Foothills Education Charter High School has offered students the opportunity to earn an accredited high school diploma in a non-traditional, flexible and self-paced environment. Contributing to students’ convenience, Foothills utilizes the Mastery Learning model, accompanied by evening classes.

With 17 different locations, including three state prisons and three Youth Challenge Programs, Foothills provides students across the state safe and secure learning environments in which they can thrive both academically and socially.

The GCSA Georgia Charter Schools of the Year Awards are sponsored by the Coca-Cola Foundation, in which the winners are selected by a committee made up of individuals not affiliated with the Georgia Charter Schools Association. To be considered for this award, schools must be able to demonstrate evidence of measurable growth in three consecutive years of CCRPI ratings or another nationally-normed measure (ITBS, STAR, MAP), using innovative school improvement methods. Schools must also be a current GCSA member and at least be in its 5th year of operation.

"By using its flexibility as a charter school, Foothills supports all students both inside and outside the classroom to encourage them to take responsibility for their educational decisions, outcomes, and paths to success," superintendent Sherrie Gibney-Sherman states. "Through its understanding that each student learns differently and by accommodating each student’s circumstances whenever possible, Foothills fulfills its mission to serve as a community and state resource for students who want to earn a high school diploma to be successful in post-secondary and career options."

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