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Dozens of area schools recognized by Northam, BoE for their academic excellence

Roanoke County Public Schools is one of several districts receiving a few VIP awards from Gov. Northam. (Roanoke County Public Schools logo)

RICHMOND, Va. (WSET) -- Several school districts in our area have been recognized by Governor Northam and the Board of Education for the 2018 Virginia Index of Performance Awards (VIP).

The VIP program aims to recognize schools and divisions that exceed state and federal accountability standards. These schools also achieve excellence goals set out by Northam and the Board of Education.

“The teachers, principals and support staff in these schools share a commitment to academic excellence and meeting the needs of every learner,” said Governor Northam. “I congratulate our educators, school administrators, and the students of these great schools for achieving the Commonwealth’s highest award for school wide excellence.”

Crystal Spring Elementary in Roanoke received the 2018 Governor's Award for Excellence. This is the highest VIP award a school can earn, and Crystal Spring was one of 14 schools to achieve it.

To earn the Governor's Excellence Award, schools had to meet a rigorous set of standards. Those standards include: meeting all state and federal achievement benchmarks and achieve all applicable excellence goals for elementary reading, enrollment in Algebra I by the eighth grade, enrollment in college-level courses, high school graduation, attainment of advanced diplomas, increased attainment of career and industry certifications, and participation in the Virginia Preschool Initiative.

Over a dozen area schools earned the 2018 Board of Education Excellence Awards. This is the second highest honor in the VIP program. These schools met all state and federal accountability benchmarks and made significant progress toward goals for increased student achievement and expanded educational opportunities set by the board.

The schools that earned this award were: Colonial Elementary in Botetourt County, Blacksburg High and Gilbert Linkous Elementary in Montgomery County, Grandin Court Elementary in Roanoke City, Bonsack Elementary, Cave Spring Elementary, Cave Spring High, Green Valley Elementary and Hidden Valley High in Roanoke County, and Speedwell Elementary in Wythe County.

A handful of school districts and a ton of individual schools earned the Board of Education Distinguished Achievement Awards. These schools and districts were able to meet all state and federal benchmarks and made progress toward the goals of Gov. Northam and the Board of Education.

The districts receiving Distinguished Achievement are: Botetourt County, Roanoke County, Salem, and Wythe County.

The individual schools receiving this recognition are: Temperance Elementary in Amherst County, Cloverdale Elementary and James River High in Botetourt County, Leesville Road Elementary in Campbell County, Galileo Magnet High in Danville, Rich Acres Elementary in Henry County, Blacksburg Middle, Harding Avenue Elementary and Kipps Elementary in Montgomery County, Chatham Elementary, Dan River High, Stony Mill Elementary, Tunstall High and Union Hall Elementary in Pittsylvania County, Dublin Elementary in Pulaski County, Wasena Elementary in Roanoke, East Rockingham High, John W. Wayland Elementary and Spotswood High in Roanoke County, Mountain View Elementary in Rockbridge County, Salem High in Salem, and George Wythe High, Max Meadows Elementary, Rural Retreat Elementary, Rural Retreat High and Sheffey Elementary in Wythe County.

You can learn more about the VIP program that our schools are excelling in here.

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