Breaking Ranks in the Middle Tenets Inspire Foundation of Georgia School

Haymon-Morris Middle School, Winder, Ga.

When Principal Sheila Kahrs, named a 2010 National Middle Level Principal of the Year by the MetLife Foundation and whole child partner National Association of Secondary School Principals, opened Haymon-Morris Middle School in Winder, Ga., she knew that the foundation of the school would be built on three tenets of Breaking Ranks in the Middle: collaborative leadership, curriculum instruction and assessment, and personalized learning environments for students and teachers.

Since the school's opening, the staff has worked with these tenets to help students succeed at all costs, and it's paying off. Across 6th through 8th grades, 95 percent of students meet or exceed the state's standards in English and language arts, while 80 percent do the same in math. Founded on the vision, "Where caring, patience, and consistency inspire excellence," this 2011 Breakthrough School, as named by the MetLife Foundation and whole child partner National Association of Secondary School Principals, will continue to inspire.

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