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    Friday, May 15, 2015
    Union Grove, Dutchtown Get National Accolades
    A pair of local high schools have garnered national recognition.
    Union Grove High received the 2015 America’s Best High Schools rankings Silver Award from U.S. News & World Report, while Dutchtown High earned the publication’s Bronze Award.
    Both schools in Henry County have received prior national recognition, such as being featured this year in The Washington Post on a list of “America’s Most Challenging High Schools.”
    Union Grove and Dutchtown were also recognized by the Georgia Department of Education for having two of the state’s top-performing Advanced Placement programs, ripe with college-level rigor.
    “We’re very proud of our accomplishments and making the various lists over the years,” said Union Grove Assistant Principal Chip Fletcher.
    Union Grove and Dutchtown are ranked among Georgia’s 133 award-winning high schools — 19 receiving gold medals, 45 earning silver medals and 69 getting bronze medals. The reported noted more than 29,000 public schools nationwide were reviewed.
    Union Grove is ranked 37th in the state and 1,236th nationwide.
    The report notes the school has a 50 percent participation rate among students in AP coursework and exams. It also points to the student body’s above-average proficiencies in math and English, passing the respective End-of-Course tests at 75 percent and 97 percent.
    Union Grove has a 40 percent minority and 23 percent economically disadvantaged population.
    Dutchtown has an AP participation rank of about 25 percent with an 86 percent minority and 45 percent economically disadvantaged population, according to the report. Students also passed End-of-Course tests at a rate of 94 percent in English and 63 percent in math.
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