Alexandria, VA – Patrick School and James K. Polk Elementary Schools have been distinguished for high student achievement and have received the Virginia Board of Education’s Highest Achievement Award. The schools are among 52 that have received the award this year.
“This is an outstanding accomplishment that recognizes the hard work that has gone into ensuring every student succeeds,” Alexandria City Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Gregory Hutchings said in a statement.
In order to qualify for the award, the West End schools had to be fully accredited and meet achievement benchmarks for the past five years.
“I congratulate the principals, teachers, support staff, and students of all of these schools for the academic successes and hard work these awards represent,” said James Lane, state superintendent of public instruction. “I am especially pleased to see schools that went unrecognized under the previous awards program receive the recognition they deserve for consistent gains in academic achievement and successful efforts to reduce absenteeism and dropout rates.”
Additionally, George Washington and Francis C. Hammond middle schools are among 183 schools to receive the Board of Education Continuous Improvement Award.