Each school is assigned a star rating, with 5 stars indicating excellent school climate and a 1 star representing a school climate most in need of improvement. School climate refers to the quality and character of school life – the “culture” of a school. A sustainable, positive school climate fosters youth development and student learning, which are essential elements for academic success, career-skill improvement, and overall quality of life.
The School Climate Star Rating is a diagnostic tool to determine if a school is on the right path to school improvement. The rating is based on four components: student, teacher, and parent perceptions of a school’s climate; student discipline; safe and substance-free learning environment, and school-wide attendance.
2018 CCRPI School Climate Star Rating
5-Star Rating – Excellent School Climate Rating
S.L. Mason Elementary School (97.40)
W.G. Nunn Elementary School (96.60)
4-Star Rating – Above Average School Climate Rating
Pinevale Elementary School (92.50)
Sallas Mahone Elementary School (91.90)
3-Star Rating – Average School Climate Rating
J.L. Lomax Elementary School (88.90)
Valdosta Middle School (83.20)
Valdosta High School (78.00)
1-Star Rating – Unsatisfactory School Climate Rating
J.L. Newbern Middle School (69.80)
According to Dr. Elena Ponder, new principal of J.L. Newbern Middle School, there are many new initiatives in place to improve the school's climate rating. And though that rating is important, it is also very important to her school's administration to make every effort to improve the school's climate in general. "The perception of NMS is very important to me. I want our students to feel safe and engaged at school. I want our parents to feel welcome anytime they have questions, comments or concerns. Our teachers need to know that they are supported, heard and have the ability to teach their students in an interruption-free and productive environment. And of course, we want to make sure our students are receiving meaningful and intentional instruction to result in an increase in overall student performance."
Horne Learning Center and Valdosta Early College Academy are programs within Valdosta City Schools, therefore, they do not receive individual school climate star ratings.
The 2018 CCRPI School Climate Star score ranges are listed below.
Elementary Schools & Middle/High Schools
5 – Star School 96.4 and above & 89.5 and above
4 – Star School 91.8 to 96.3 & 83.4 to 89.4
3 - Star Schools 87.2 to 91.7 & 77.3 to 83.3
2 - Star Schools 82.6 to 87.1 & 71.2 to 77.2
1 - Star Schools 82.5 and below & 71.1 and below