CCSD Schools Earn High Marks for School Climate According to new data from the Georgia Department of Education, the Cherokee County School District (CCSD) earned high marks from students, parents, and employees for school climate. CCSD earned an average of four stars on a five-star scale in the annual rating, which measures how a school community views the quality of its schools culture and character. The highest possible rating is five stars. The rating is calculated based on a survey of students, parents, and teachers; student discipline issue rates; and daily attendance. Clark Creek Elementary School STEM Academy earned a perfect score of five; all CCSD middle schools earned four stars each; and no CCSD school scored less than three stars. Reports on individual schools climate ratings are posted online by the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE). According to the GaDOE, research has found that schools with positive school climates usually report better test scores and graduation rates, and they create a culture of feeling socially, emotionally, and physically safe. While much of the focus on how to measure a schools success is placed on academic achievement and progress, its just as important for us to know that students, their families, and our employees feel welcomed, safe, and appreciated, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said. Were committed to improving our schools culture and ensuring that every child, parent, employee, volunteer, and partner feels like theyre part of a family that cares about them and their future success.