Schools get nod for high achievement
Ed Pastor Elementary School and Desert View Academy both recently received national recognition for their high achievement in the classroom.
The campuses were two of 68 schools in Arizona invited to participate in the 2013 - 2014 Title I Distinguished Schools Program by the Arizona Department of Education, the National Association of State Title I Directors and the U.S. Department of Education. According to ADE officials, the two schools were the only campuses to be lauded from Yuma County.
Ed Pastor was designated through the Title I Distinguished Schools Program as a 'High Progress' school and Desert View was designated as a 'High Progress and High Performing' school. Both campuses were also 'A' campuses as part of the statewide A-F Letter Grade accountability system.
Schools qualified for the program based on student data and progress information as well as their poverty statistics, of which schools must have a poverty rate of 35 percent or higher. Based on their schools' information, campuses were contacted and told that they could apply for the national rewards program. Both Yuma schools have both submitted their applications, which were due Friday.
After applications are evaluated, finalists from each state will be selected to receive a site visit to evaluate the effectiveness of their school. Finalists will then be narrowed down to be named National Title 1 Distinguished Schools.
Ed Pastor Principal Abby Pemberton commented, "It truly is wonderful because our teachers just are amazing, they’re such hard workers and it’s really great to see our students and our teachers and our parents – our community – recognized in this way. It really is a joint effort, everyone working together."
She noted that their plan is to continue to work on closing the achievement gap for their students.
Ed Pastor was a finalist in the program for Arizona last year, but did not make it to the national level, as only two were selected from the state in the Phoenix and Tucson area.
Desert View Academy Principal Deb Weigel also said that she was thrilled to have her school be selected to apply for the program for the second year in a row.
"Desert View Academy's key to success is parents, students and staff all joining together on our mission: To educate students with knowledge, empower students with character, and equip students for life. I absolutely love being on the DVA Eagle team," Weigel concluded.
Visit www.titlei.org for more information about the National Title I Association.