Award Year: 2014

Wadsworth Magnet School for High Achievers

2084 Green Forrest Drive
Decatur, GA, 30032

(678) 874-2402

Dr. Cornellia Crum, Principal at time of Nomination

Magnet School

DeKalb County School District

School Website


To provide a safe, nurturing, academically challenged environment through a standard based education, which inspires individual critical thinking.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 94%
  • White: 3%
  • Hispanic: 1%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1%
  • Asian: 1%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Wadsworth vegetable garden engineers take pride in their fall harvest.

Wadsworth vegetable garden engineers take pride in their fall harvest.

Upon transitioning to a school for high achievers in 2008, the initial challenge for Wadsworth was engaging staff and community. Professional development, teacher gifted endorsement, and 'parents as partners' made the transition successful. Evidence of success? Wadsworth received the Silver, Gold, and Platinum awards for outstanding achievement on the CRCT from the Governor's Office of Student Achievement in 2009, 2011, and 2012. 100% of students met and exceeded the standards in all subject areas on the 2014 CRCT. Teachers use differentiated instruction to develop analytical thinking skills while exposing students to concepts at and above grade level. Students engage in authentic, real world projects regularly. Stakeholder communication occurs frequently through Open House, Curriculum Night, PTA, and student-led conferences. Wadsworth's open door policy allows parents to observe classes and meet with administrators. The curriculum philosophy ensures that digital, media, and global literacy are taught to strengthen career and college readiness. Students participate in STEM lab activities, technology based projects, and special STEM Days. Wadsworth’s 6th graders ranked first and the 4th and 5th graders ranked third in the state on the Career College Readiness Performance Index. Curriculum-based and internet resources are accessed on computers and iPads, and Promethean Boards allow students and teachers to bring lessons to life and blend real-time assessment with real world experience. Wadsworth has perfected the process of engaging students so they can 'reach the mountain top.' Replication requires administrative leadership capable of developing strong teacher leaders while moving the greater community to achieve common goals.