Award Year: 2021

High Shoals Elementary School

401 Hopping Road
Bishop, GA, 30621-1661

(706) 310-1985

Ms. Jennifer Whitaker, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

Oconee County School District

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The mission of High Shoals Elementary is to provide an enriching environment where students are guided to reach their full potential.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 2%
  • White: 91%
  • Hispanic: 3%
  • Asian: 1%
  • Two or more races: 4%
STEM in action at HSES.

STEM in action at HSES.

High Shoals Elementary School (HSES), home of the Hawks, is a K-5 school located in Oconee County, Georgia. High Shoals opened its doors in August of 2009 with the motto "High Standards Equal Success." The school is home to approximately 520 students who are zoned for the school through the rural western part of the county.

Students at HSES thrive in an academically rigorous environment with a positive school culture - as reflected in a 97.5/100 College and Career Ready Performance Index score, as well as a 5/5 rating for Positive School Climate, both received from the Georgia Department of Education. At High Shoals, 100% of core content teachers are gifted-certified and students engage in a number of STEM activities, project-based learning, and innovative enrichment activities. Teaching and learning are centered around small group, explicit instruction designed to meet the diverse needs of all students.

Responsive classroom strategies and the Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) model are in place, along with a very strong parent-school connection. Students who require additional academic, emotional, or behavioral support are carefully monitored through the Response to Intervention (RTI) process with the school's RTI team meeting bi-monthly.

HSES is a Title I Distinguished School, which places it in the Top 5% in the state of Georgia. The school attributes its success to its school community - students, teachers, and parents - who are firmly dedicated to sustained excellence and continuous improvement.