Captain Johnston Blakely Elementary has been named one of the state's academic achievement schools, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction announced Monday.
The award comes with a $10,000 prize.
Seven schools in Washington received honors as "Title I, Part A Academic Achievement Schools" this week.
The honor is bestowed on schools that have successfully met math or reading Annual Measurable Objectives in all student subgroups for the last school year (2011–12) and Annual Yearly Progress in all student subgroups in school years ending in 2010 and 2011.
State officials said the award honors schools that have significantly raised student achievement in mathematics and/or reading through an identifiable strategy.
“Achieving these kinds of results isn’t easy,” said Randy Dorn, State Superintendent of Public Instruction. “I’m proud of the hard work these schools are doing to make sure that every kid is successful.”
Blakely Elementary has met the Annual Measurable Objectives and made Annual Yearly Progress in mathematics for three or more years.
The other winning schools are Columbia Crest School (Eatonville School District), East Olympia Elementary (Tumwater School District), Oakesdale Elementary (Oakesdale School District), Pe Ell School (Pe Ell School District), Selkirk Elementary (Selkirk School District) and Skykomish School (Skykomish School District).
The $10,000 award can be used for professional development for teachers, team-building and teacher planning opportunities, development of additional research-based instruction or additional strategies, curriculum and training models.