Seattle Public Schools has been identified as having 12 schools to be recognized as Schools of Distinction award winners. The award recognizes outstanding improvement in reading and math sustained over a five-year period. The recognized schools are honored for landing in the top five percent of improvement of schools in Washington State for increased math and reading achievement for their levels over the past five years. The School of District is a statewide award led by the Center for Educational Effectiveness (CEE) in partnership with K-12 education organizations representing school board directors, principals, administrators, educational service districts and others.
The list of Seattle Public Schools recognized as 2015 Schools of Distinction include:
- B F Day Elementary,
- Broadview-Thomson K-8 School,
- Cleveland High School,
- Hazel Wolf K-8,
- Olympic Hills Elementary,
- K-5 STEM at Boren,
- Rainier Beach High School,
- Rainier View Elementary,
- Thurgood Marshall Elementary,
- Viewlands Elementary,
- West Seattle Elementary, and
- Wing Luke Elementary.
Cleveland, Olympic Hills, Thurgood Marshall, and Wing Luke are repeat winners.
Principal Debbie Wolfe (sic - Nelsen) of Hazel Wolf K-8 pointed to a key factor in a cohesive approach, “I would say that the great results come from teachers’ dedicated work in professional learning communities (PLCs) as they align the curriculum and provide interventions for targeted students.”
“West Seattle Elementary is thrilled to be recognized as a School of Distinction!” principal Vicki Sacco exclaimed. “The teachers and staff are a collaborative and collegial team; experts in planning and delivering high quality instruction. In addition to our academic focus, we offer a rich and varied continuum of extra-curricular activities. These enrichments fulfill the social-emotional and cultural needs of our students and families. All of our before and after school classes are led by the staff. For example, the principal teaches knitting, the assistant principal is the basketball ‘commissioner’ and teachers and staff coach other varied activities. All of this contributes to a positive school culture, a sense of community and belonging, strong relationships and high levels of student and staff satisfaction as evidenced on our climate survey.”
Superintendent Dr. Larry Nyland congratulated principals today. “Kudos to our principals, our educators, our staff, our students, our parents, and our community partners. Well done! Thank you for your outstanding work.”