City school report high achievement

Mount Airy City Schools recently learned the school system had seen significant improvement in a number of benchmarks used to measure school and student progress, compared to other school systems around the state.

According to information released by the school system, the city schools jumped from 35th in statewide ranking to 21st in the state for overall achievement, with Mount Airy Middle School in the top 24% and Mount Airy High School among the top 8%, using overall state proficiency rates for Grade Level Proficiency.

“Mount Airy City Schools is again one of the top performing districts in the state and nation,” said Superintendent Dr. Kim Morrison. “We are excited about the great progress and being in the top ten in many areas. Mount Airy City Schools has prided itself on academics and innovation. While academic accountability scores are important, our innovative programming is a difference maker.

“We know last year was the most trying year in public education. Our staff did and continues to do a great job nurturing our students to reach their full potential. We are excited about how many of our students grew from last year and are developing into leaders for tomorrow. While we are proud of the academic performance of our students, we are also proud of their hard work, resilience, and accomplishments outside of the classroom to thrive in a pandemic and prepare for their future.”

Among the achievements the school system highlight are:

• Mount Airy City Schools was first in the state for Math 1

• Mount Airy High School’s Math 1 scoring was 38 percentage points above the state proficiency rate

• Mount Airy City Schools was first in the state for Math 3

• Mount Airy High School’s Math 3 scoring was 23 percentage points above the state proficiency rate

• Mount Airy City Schools was eighth in the state for English 2

• Mount Airy High School’s English 2 was 11 percentage points higher than the state proficiency rate

• Mount Airy City Schools was fourth in the state for overall proficiency on high school End of Course tests

• Mount Airy City Schools was fifth in the state for eighth grade mathematics

• Mount Airy Middle School’s eighth grade mathematics was 17 percentage points above the state proficiency rate

• Mount Airy City Schools was thirteenth in the state for eighth grade English Language Arts

• Mount Airy City Schools was fifth in the state for eighth grade science

• Mount Airy Middle School’s eighth grade science was 13 percentage points above the state proficiency rate

• Mount Airy City Schools was fourteenth in the state for seventh grade mathematics

• Mount Airy Middle School’s seventh grade mathematics was 10 percentage points above the state proficiency rate

• Jones Intermediate School’s third and fourth grade mathematics were 14 percentage points above the state proficiency rate

• Mount Airy Middle School’s sixth grade mathematics was 4 percentage points above the state proficiency rate

• Graduation rate maintained at 89% of the class graduating on time

• 90% of graduates attended a 2 or 4 year college

• More than 70% of students taking AP courses passed the exam to receive college credit

• Mount Airy High School students earned 164 credentials for workforce development

• Mount Airy High School had 63 students participate in an internship experience

• CTE State Assessment Data: MACS – 86.5% proficient (Piedmont Triad – 67% proficient and State – 67.7%

proficient)

• ACT WorkKeys – 62.7% of students tested earned either Silver, Gold, or Platinum designation.

“Mount Airy City Schools was the only district to bring PreK-12th grade students face-to-face five days a week last year,” the school system said in releasing the information. “This child-centered approach allowed the system to return to school and yielded great academic results. This was an understandably difficult time for staff and students. The results from last year’s testing window will serve as baseline data and give great hope for the future of these students thanks to the tremendous work of our teachers and staff members.”