HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. (Oct. 30, 2017) – Out of 1,443 Title I schools in North Carolina, and 140 eligible for the national recognition, Clear Creek Elementary was named the 2017 N.C. National Title I Distinguished School for High Progress at a ceremony in Greensboro on Friday, Oct. 27. As part of the designation, Clear Creek was awarded $12,500 to support the continued education of its students.
“This recognition truly honors the dedication of Clear Creek’s administrators and teachers, who daily provide all students with equal access to a high quality, engaging education,” said HCPS Superintendent Bo Caldwell.
The National Title I Distinguished School designation recognizes high student achievement in schools that have substantial poverty rates, high end-of-grade success rates, and significant growth in scores. Each year, two Title I schools from North Carolina are chosen to represent the state as National Title I Distinguished Schools in the “High Performance” and “High Progress” categories.
Approximately 10 percent of Title I schools in North Carolina – 140 schools – were eligible to be included in the Distinguished Schools process; schools in the top 10 percent of those eligible schools – the top 1 percent of Title I schools statewide – were asked to submit portfolios for consideration for the prestigious N.C. National Title I Distinguished School Awards.
This is the fifth year in a row Clear Creek has received recognition as a top ranking Title I school eligible for a National Title I Distinguished School Award, and the first time it has represented North Carolina as a National Title I Distinguished School. The most recent school in the district to be named a N.C. National Title I Distinguished School was Dana Elementary in 2012.
“Many individuals become teachers because they want to change the world and believe educating the next generation is the way to do it,” said Director of Student Services Matt Gruebmeyer. “Clear Creek’s selection as an N.C. National Title I Distinguished School is only the most recent sign that Clear Creek staff, families and community are succeeding in that effort.”
“This is a recognition of our teachers’ hard work to meet the academic, emotional, physical, and social needs of every Clear Creek Cub –every day,” said Principal Marcie Wilson. She said the designation also highlights the collaboration among the school and local community and business leaders, who engage with and mentor Clear Creek students. “We’re so fortunate to have such great community partners,” she said.
About the National Title I Distinguished Schools Program
The National Title I Distinguished Schools Program recognizes Title I schools that hold students to high standards and demonstrate exemplary school effectiveness in teaching and learning based on state curriculum; implementing research-based professional development; using research-based instructional strategies; providing opportunities to all students to achieve; establishing partnerships with parents, families, and the community; and modeling success for other schools.