As principal of Whitewater High School, I am proud to be the instructional leader of one of the premier high schools in the state of Georgia and the nation. Our school is built on tradition and pride that resonates in our student body, our faculty, and the Whitewater community. Our goal is to provide our students with multiple opportunities for success not only as a student here but in their future endeavors.
The efforts of the faculty and the students are reflected in the multiple academic recognitions we have received over the years. We were ranked in the US and World News report as one of America’s Best High School (#35 in the state of Georgia). The Washington Post has named us as one of America’s Most Challenging High Schools. Our SAT scores rank us 41st out of 436 high schools in Georgia. We have been recognized as an AP STEM School, AP STEM Achievement School, AP Merit School, and an AP Humanities School. Beyond the academic setting we have consistently been recognized for the programs we have in place to help students realize their passion in the areas of athletics, fine arts, and career training. In 2017, 17 of our 21 athletic teams advanced to the state playoffs. Our fine arts programs consistently receive superior ratings at performances and the teachers of those programs are recognized by their respective organizations for outstanding leadership.
Our school is committed to 21st century learning which consists of the use of technology as an integrated resource in the classroom. We utilize resources such as Chromebooks, connected classrooms, and online learning platforms that allow our students to be technologically savvy in today’s environment. We encourage and build our students’ skill sets by using the 4C’s model of critical thinking, creativity, communication, and collaboration. By strengthening these skill sets in our students, we have full confidence that they will be able to compete in a global workforce. I firmly believe that nothing has a greater impact on student achievement than a high quality teacher that understands students and works to build positive relationships. Therefore, I am dedicated to finding and retaining the best teachers who believe in a growth mindset not only for their students but also for themselves as professionals.
The Whitewater community consists of caring and devoted families and it is one in which I am proud to call my home. I am fully committed to the stakeholders I serve and I am sincerely humbled by the opportunity to be part of this school district. Please feel free to contact me as we partner together to continue to build upon the solid tradition of Whitewater High School.
Steven D. Cole