Cave Spring Elementary was listed as a Highest Progress School in the lineup of 2015-2016 Title I Reward Districts and Reward Schools released this week by the Georgia Department of Education.


Reward Schools are Title I schools that fall into one of two categories: Highest Performing or Highest Progress.


Highest-Progress School is among the 10 percent of the state’s Title I schools making the most progress in improving the performance of the “all students” group over three years on the statewide assessments. A school may not be classified as a High-Progress school if it has been identified as a Priority or Focus School.

“This is not just a snap-shot of success, but rather, it is significant that this high progress was achieved over a three-year period,” John Jackson, interim superintendent of Floyd County Schools said. “The staff, students and community of Cave Spring can be very proud of this accomplishment.”

Cave Spring Principal Trina Self commended the team effort at the school. “Cave Spring is a community school and each person in Cave Spring takes tremendous pride in the accomplishments of our children,” Self said. “Our teachers work with our parents and the Cave Spring community to provide a bright future for our children as they begin their journey to destination graduation here at our school.” An example of the community’s commitment to the school is the summer farmers market held in the center of town each Saturday during the growing season.  The proceeds from booth rentals to vendors at the market are donated to the school for the purchase of learning  technology for teachers to use in the classroom.

Cave Spring is a regular honoree in the state Title I list of exemplary schools having earned the designation in 2013. The school was also named a Platinum award winner for greatest gains in 2013 from the Governors Office of Student Achievement. This year, in addition to the Title I honor, Dr. Tabatha Tierce, a teacher at Cave Spring was the Floyd County Schools Teacher of the Year.