Awards and Achievements (2015-2016)

Greene County High School rising junior Guerin Brown and Lake Oconee Academy rising junior John “JD” Higdon were selected as finalists for the Governor’s Honors Program. The pair joined students from across the state June 19-July 16, 2016 at Valdosta State University for the Governor’s Honors Program (GHP). GHP is a residential summer program for gifted and talented high school juniors and seniors. Selection is based on a combination of ability and interest, and is highly competitive. The summer of 2016 marked the 53rd consecutive summer of GHP, making it the longest continually running program in the nation.


All schools in the district received either a 3 (average) or 4 (above average) star rating on the 2015 School Climate Star Ratings. Greene County High School and Carson Middle School received a 4-star rating and Union Point STEAM Academy and Greensboro Elementary School both received a 3-star rating. The School Climate Star Rating is calculated using data from the Georgia Student Health Survey 2.0, Georgia School Personnel Survey, Georgia Parent Survey, student discipline data and attendance records for students, teachers, staff and administrators.


Greene County High School’s Business Communications class passed the Microsoft Office Specialist exam. Since every student enrolled in the class passed the exam, the high school’s pass rate was 100 percent for this exam.


Carson Middle School had 12 seventh graders and 13 eighth graders become certified Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) in Microsoft Word.


Greene County High School senior Darrell Evans placed 2nd in Job Interview at DECA’s Career Development Conference. More than 1,900 DECA members from across the state attended the conference and participated in a variety of leadership activities and competitions.


Carson Middle School Chapter of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) won 11 medals at the Georgia FBLA Middle Level State Leadership Conference.


Greene County High School senior Ilsse Ortega was named one of 40 graduating seniors from across the country to receive the Golden Door Scholarship. The four-year scholarship will pay for Ilsse’s healthcare, room and board, and tuition at the college or university of her choice.


Greensboro Elementary School fifth grader Jarvis Merritt won the County Spelling Bee.


Greene County FFA Ag Communications Team placed 3rd in the Area II FFA Ag Communications Career Development Event. Team members were Breana Bowen, Brittney Hall and Abbie Johnson.


Greene County High School’s 2015 graduation rate was 82 percent - 3.3 points higher than the state’s average of 78.8 percent and 17 points higher than the 2014 graduation rate.


GCSS Office of Communications received one Bronze Award of Merit for the school district’s website,, and a Silver Award of Merit in the category of Social Media for the district’s Facebook and Twitter webpages from the Georgia School Public Relations Association for outstanding publications, photography and electronic media produced by Georgia schools, school systems, post-secondary institutions, educational agencies or education-related associations.


Greene County High School welcomed Fox 5 Atlanta as part of the news station’s High 5 Sports series. GCHS was one of 48 schools in Georgia featured on the High 5 Sports Football Caravan tour.