In its third year of single-gender classrooms, Wilkinson County Middle School says it's won national recognition.
The school will receive the High Flying Schools award this weekend at a national conference on at-risk youth sponsored by Georgia Southern University.
Three years ago, the middle school began separating core classes, like math and reading, by gender.
Principal Angela Smith says she's seen progress.
"What we're doing is making a difference," Smith said, "while we do have some challenges, we still believe that we're very much on the right track."
Test scores show some gains, but not in every subject and every grade.
Boys' math scores show big drops in the number who failed sixth and seventh grade crct standards, but more eighth grade boys fail that math test now, than three years ago.
6th and 7th grade girls math scores show little progress since 2007, but fewer eighth graders fail now.