Eleven DCSD Schools Receive Statewide John Irwin Award for Academic Excellence
Eleven Douglas County School District schools have been named recipients of the 2017 John Irwin Schools of Excellence Awards. The John Irwin awards are given to schools that demonstrate exceptional academic achievement over time. These schools received an "Exceeds Expectations" rating on the Academic Achievement indicator of the School Performance Frameworks reflecting exceptional performance in Math, English Language Arts, and Science. (View more information on the School Performance Framework in SchoolView.)
Principals from each of the schools were honored by the DCSD Board of Education and Interim Superintendent Erin Kane during the Board meeting on Tuesday, February 5.
"My staff is working so hard to make sure they are meeting our students needs, this is really their award," said Donna Mitchell, Principal of Challenge to Excellence Charter School in Parker. Several other school leaders echoed these sentiments.
"It starts with the staff, students, and community," said George Boser, Principal of Summit View Elementary in Highlands Ranch. "They're relentless in finding ways to focus on building knowledge and skills. We focus on Habits of Character and getting kids to look at high quality work. Learning is a process, not always a product, and that's been our focus."
The 2017 award recipients are:
- Academy Charter School
- Challenge to Excellence Charter School
- Mountain Vista High School
- Northridge Elementary School
- Parker Core Knowledge Charter School
- Platte River Academy
- Redstone Elementary School
- STEM School Highlands Ranch
- Stone Mountain Elementary
- Summit View Elementary School
- Wildcat Mountain Elementary School