Trio of Carter County schools ranked among the state’s best for student achievement

Published 4:26 pm Monday, September 12, 2022

Three Carter County schools rank among the top 5% in the state for student growth in academic achievement.
Hampton Elementary, Happy Valley Elementary and Valley Forge Elementary were named Tennessee Reward Schools for the 2021-22 school year.
“Tennessee Reward status is the top distinction a school can earn in the state of Tennessee,” said Dr. Brandon Carpenter, director of schools. “This honor reflects the tremendous work ethic of our students, faculty and staff members.”
School Board Chairman Tony Garland said the board is “extremely pleased and honored to have schools within our district being recognized … There are nearly 2,000 schools across the state and for the Carter County School System to have three schools being recognized as Reward Schools is truly exciting news.”
Garland said all schools have faced obstacles in recent years, and the recognition reflects the discipline and hard work needed to overcome those obstacles.
“These three schools should be especially proud of this recognition but, just as important, we have seen gains across the board for all our schools, which speaks volumes for what the system overall has been able to achieve,” he said. “We want to thank the students, educators and all supporting staff for this outstanding accomplishment.”

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