The Washington Achievement Award:
- Is awarded collaboratively with the State Board of Education (SBE) and based on the Washington Achievement Index.
- Celebrates schools for overall excellence and special recognition in: language arts, math, science, graduation rate, improvement and closing achievement gaps.
- Honors schools at an annual ceremony hosted by the SBE and OSPI.
So what SPS schools are on the list?
Bryant* - Concord Int'l* - Coe - Hay* - Loyal Heights* - McGilvra* - Montlake* - Schmitz Park -
Mercer* - Blaine K-8
Loyal Heights - Schmitz Park
Extended Graduation Rate
Home School Resource
Closing Achievement Gaps
*indicates a 2009 recognition as well
Schmitz Park uses Singapore math while Loyal Heights uses Everyday Math. (LH reports that 100% of their teachers have participated in professional development to use the curriculum and they hired a math specialist. No word on whether this is part of the LH's budget or the PTA funded him.) From the LH website:
Walk to Math: Our new math program for all K-5th grade students. The concept behind Walk to Math is students receiving math instruction at their individual level. Our goal for this program is for students to receive math instruction for the skills and concepts that they need to master.
Schmitz Park (from their website) has got a HUGE amount of academic enrichment. Very impressive. Their ALO should be a model for the rest of the district. They a Challenge program that is open to all using differentiated instruction, challenge activities (in areas like verbal, musical, physical, written) in groups or singly, projects, or at-home work. They also put how your child does in these areas on their report card. They piloted their program in 2002.
Congratulations to all the schools on the list.