At The Museum School, we believe our model of education leads to a deeper level of understanding and higher student achievement. We are so proud of our students' academic accomplishments:
- Our Explorers have scored exceptionally well on the statewide CRCT, taken by students in grades three and higher. In 2012, 100% of our fourth-grade students met or exceeded state standards in every subject category: Reading, English/Language Arts, Science, Social Studies and Math.
- Our third graders also saw fantastic success on the 2012 CRCT: 100% met or exceeded state standards in the areas of Reading, English/Language Arts and Social Studies, and 95% met or exceeded standards in Science and Math.
- Based on the 2012 CRCT, our third graders rank #1 in Science out of 1,200 public elementary schools in Georgia, based on mean scale scores, and our fourth graders rank #2 in the state.
- Explorers also show impressive results on a national level. The 2011-2012 Measures of Academic Progress assessment indicates Museum School students, from kindergarten through fourth grade, are learning at a faster rater than their peers across the country. The test shows 78% of our students exceeded typical growth in Reading, and 74% exceeded typical growth in Math. The Museum School exceeded its aggressive charter goal of seeing 65% of students exceeding typical growth in all subject areas.
- On the 2012 Georgia Writing Assessments, at least 90% of our third-grade students met or exceeded State of Georgia student performance standards in all areas and types of writing.
We are equally as proud of their enthusiasm for learning and the concern they show for others:
- During the first academic year, Museum School third graders initiated their own trip to Washington, D.C. to complement their study of our nation's government. While in the nation's capital, they met their local congressman, toured museums, monuments, and memorials and most importantly, learned about our government through complete immersion.
- Our first graders raised money for rainforest conservation, our third graders organized a food drive for the food bank at a local church, and our kindergartners conducted a food drive for the Atlanta Food Bank.
- In the spring of 2011, Explorers undertook an ambitious project, folding origami cranes and raising more than $500 for victims of Japan's earthquake and tsunami.
Our principal and teachers are highly trained and talented educators with top credentials and a shared passion for helping children learn:
- Museum School Principal Katherine Kelbaugh serves on Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal's 2012 Education Advisory Board. She is one of only 13 principals statewide to be chosen.
- One of our first-grade teachers served on Gov. Deal's 2011 Education Advisory Board. She was one of only 14 teachers chosen from across the state.
The Museum School has a growing reputation and has received several prestigious honors, including:
- The Elementary Program of Excellence award from the Georgia Council for the Social Studies.
- The 2012 Education Award from the Georgia Association of Museums and Galleries.
- The Single Statewide Accountability System bronze award from the Governor's Office of Student Achievement.
In addition to its academic achievements, The Museum School has a proven history of responsible and accurate fiscal management:
- The school obtained an unqualified audit from Brooks, McGinnis, & Company, LLC for fiscal year 2010.
- Monthly cash-flow statements and the annual audit reflect positive cash flow, and the school complies with policies and procedures created by the board as financial controls.
- The Museum School has an exemplary record on grant management. After receiving full funding in 2010 for the GaDOE Implementation Grant, the school received accolades from GaDOE for the detailed, organized state of its grant records.
Our teaching methods have become a model for future educators. We proudly collaborate with several universities and colleges in Georgia to serve as a model for pre-service teachers and student teachers. Those institutions include Agnes Scott College, Clayton State University, Georgia State University, Oglethorpe University and The University of Georgia