Source: NorthFulton.com

Holcomb Bridge Middle named a 2013 Lighthouse School
One of three Fulton middle schools to receive honor

by CANDY WAYLOCK

January 23, 2013

MILTON, Ga. – Holcomb Bridge Middle School joins the elite group of middle schools across the nation named as a “Lighthouse School to Watch,” which recognizes the Roswell school as a model for other schools seeking to improve performance.

Holcomb Bridge Middle is one of only three middle schools in Georgia to receive the designation for 2013. The Lighthouse program was first launched in 1999 by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform, and partners with state organizations to identify schools that are committed to a “journey of excellence.”

Holcomb Bridge joins Crabapple and Webb Bridge middle schools in Fulton County to have achieved the Lighthouse School designation. Both schools were first selected in 2008, and were re-authorized as Lighthouse schools in 2012. Only 18 schools in Georgia have been designated Lighthouse Schools.

In selecting Holcomb Bridge as a Lighthouse School this year, the Georgia Middle School Association and Georgia Alliance for Middle Level Excellence lauded the schools for its academic excellence, responsiveness to the needs and interests of young adolescents and its commitment to helping all students achieve at high levels.

In addition, the school was recognized for its leadership and teaching staff, positive school climate and a commitment to assessment and accountability.

“This is a tremendous honor for the Holcomb Bridge Middle students and staff as well as our parents and community,” said Joy Schroerlucke, who has served as the school’s principal for the past seven years. “Cultivating excellence and having a ‘pulse’ on every student is what we do. Our daily focus is instruction, collaboration, communication, data and individual student growth.”

Holcomb Bridge Middle opened in 1983 and currently has an enrollment of 800 students.

School selection was based on a written application showing how the school met various criteria developed by the National Forum, including student performance. Finalists were visited by state teams who observed classrooms, interviewed administrators, teachers, parents and students and looked at sample lessons and student work. The schools represent urban and rural communities.

Before earning the prestigious distinction, Holcomb Bridge was named a 2012 Beacon School, an award that meets much of the same criteria as a Lighthouse School and allows the school to be monitored toward its progress to become a Lighthouse School.

The National Forum sponsors the “Schools to Watch” program in nine states with the support of the National Association for Elementary School Principals, the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the National Middle School Association and the National Staff Development Council.