Chatham County Schools Need Improvement

Thirteen Chatham County public schools need improvement, according to the Georgia Department of Education. The report, issued last night, shows Chatham County's middle schools are having the most problems. Seven of Savannah's 11 middle schools made the "needs improvement" list. Out of the 13 title-one schools which are on this year's list, five are repeats from last year. That means parents who have students in those schools can transfer their children to a better-performing school as mandated in the No Child Left Behind Act passed by Congress in 2001 and signed into law by the President in early 2002.

The 13 schools on the "needs improvement" list are:

  • Bartlett Middle
  • Beach High
  • Butler Elementary
  • DeRenne Middle
  • Garrison Elementary
  • Hubert Middle
  • Jacob G. Smith Elementary
  • Low Elementary
  • Mercer Middle
  • Myers Middle
  • Savannah High
  • Shuman Middle
  • Tompkins Middle

Schools making the list for two years in a row--which students may be transferred out of--are Garrison and Low Elementary and Mercer, Myers and Tompkins Middle Schools.

Check the Georgia DOE site for detailed reports on all county systems.

Reported by: Steven Shoob,