Graduation data shows Fulton is tops in metro area - September, 2017
Nearly all Fulton high schools honored for Advanced Placement achievement - February 27, 2017
Seven Fulton schools ranked in state's Top 15 for SAT achievement - September, 2016
Five of Georgia's Top 10 highest scoring schools for ACT are in Fulton County - August, 2016
Message from Dr. Spurka January 24, 2018
Instructional Make Up Days for Cambridge
Parents and Guardians,
Fulton County Schools has announced its plan to make up some of the days lost this year due to inclement weather. Our teachers and staff value the instructional time spent with students and are committed to using it wisely. Due to our district's charter status, Fulton County Schools has flexibility with holding make-up days and will not make up all of the time lost. Instead, there is a plan that uses the designated inclement weather days on the school calendar as well as a piloted "Digital Learning Day" for at-home learning.
There will be three make-up days – February 16, March 9, and March 12. The upcoming President's Day holiday and Spring Break are not affected, and the school year also will still end before Memorial Day.
February 16 was announced earlier this year as a make-up day due to Hurricane Irma school closures, but the district determined that March 12 will be a second make-up day for the recent snow/ice closures. A third make-up day – March 9 – will be a piloted Digital Learning Day, where students will work independently from home on schoolwork and projects using district-issued mobile devices or home technology. We are still working on the specifics of the March 9 Digital Learning Day and will communicate them in the next few weeks. Cambridge High School will continue to have Thursday, March 8 as a Professional Learning Day for teachers and Friday, March 9 as a Teacher Work Day; therefore, students will not report on these two days.
For the Digital Learning Day on March 9, teachers will consider students' home access to technology and internet, and our school district also will work with learning partners on ways students can access technology outside of school or home. In a few weeks, we will share our plan on how Digital Learning Day will be implemented and how you can support your child. We are excited to see our school district consider the use of Digital Learning Days and look forward to providing feedback on how it worked for our students and teachers.
The next few months will be busy for our classrooms, but for now, rest assured that we are committed to learning and supporting our students and families.
Dr. Ed Spurka
Message from Dr. Spurka - 2017 CCRPI - November, 2017
This week the Georgia Department of Education released the 2017 College and Career Readiness Performance Index (CCRPI) for all schools in Georgia. The CCRPI is the way the Georgia Department of Education measures schools and school districts and gives them a rating on a 100-point scale. We are so excited to announce that our 2017 score is a 99! This is a two-point increase from last year and nearly a perfect score! This is a reason to celebrate!
The vast majority of the CCRPI score derives from student performance on the Georgia Milestones End of Course Tests, our graduation rate, as well as our student attendance. We are very proud that our graduation rate continues to be one of the highest in the metro-Atlanta area at 98.2%. While our student achievement data earned us a 99 on our CCRPI score, it also revealed areas we can improve as a school. We will continue to disaggregate our data and work with our teachers during GROWL to ensure we provide the best possible educational experience for each and every one of our students.
We believe that our school has an exceptional learning environment, and that is partly because of your support as a parent or guardian. We are very proud of all of our support programs, such as PAWS, CLAWS, and this year's new program called GROWL. All of our programs provide support and valuable learning opportunities for our students to truly personalize their high school learning experience and prepare for life after high school.
As principal, I am proud to serve this community which continually strives to improve. Thank you for your continued support, GO BEARS!
Message from Dr. Spurka on SAT Scores - September 2017
2017 SAT Scores
This week the Georgia Department of Education released SAT scores for all schools in Georgia. These scores were generated by our recently graduated seniors, the Class of 2017, who took the SAT during their senior year. Overall Cambridge had 292 seniors take the SAT during their senior year out of 504 members of the class.
Last year's SAT looked different than in previous years. The College Board, which designs and administers the test, released a new version of the test during the 2015-2016 school year. Our students took the new SAT for the first time in March 2016. The new test has two sections (Evidence-Based Reading/Writing and Math); whereas, the previous SAT had three sections (Critical Reading, Writing, and Math). Both the new and old SAT have an optional essay. Scoring for the SAT also changed. The old SAT had an overall score of 2400 while the new SAT has an overall score of 1600.
Our 2017 score is 1155 which is a 30-point increase from last year. Because of the differences between the old SAT and the new SAT, College Board officials caution against comparing this year's results to that of previous years. We feel that our score is a good starting point for our school, and we will continue to make progress as students get used to taking the test in its new format. We also will continue our PSAT testing for students in grades 9, 10, and 11 to help strengthen their academic preparation and to identify personal strengths and weaknesses before they take the SAT. All students in grade 9, 10, and 11 will take the PSAT at school on October 11, 2017 (a half day for all students).
While the SAT does not impact students' grades or academic standing, it is a predictor of student performance after high school, and the results hold value for our school. We encourage students to consider taking college entrance exams like the SAT and ACT, so they can be exposed to challenging, thought-provoking questions that measure what they have learned throughout their high school career.