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Honors for several isle schools


Several Big Island schools recently have been honored in a variety of programs and reports. According to the Department of Education, at least a dozen schools earned recognition during the first semester of the 2008-09 academic year.

2008 No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon Schools – Holualoa

U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings has named 320 schools as 2008 No Child Left Behind-Blue Ribbon Schools. 

Hawaii’s Blue Ribbon honorees are Holualoa Elementary School, Aina Haina Elementary School, Ala Wai Elementary School.

The NCLB-Blue Ribbon Schools award distinguishes and honors schools for helping students achieve at very high levels and for making significant progress in closing the achievement gap.

High Schools Bronze Winners – Keaau

The 2009 U.S. News & World Report America’s Best High Schools methodology, developed by School Evaluation Services, was used to analyze 21,069 public high schools in 48 states using data from the 2006-2007 school year.  

A three-step process decided the best high schools. Utilizing state proficiency standards as the measuring benchmarks, the first two steps determined that the schools serve all of their students well. 

For those schools that made it past the first two steps, a third step assessed the degree to which schools prepare students for college-level work.

The top 100 high schools nationwide with the highest college readiness index scores were ranked numerically and awarded gold medals. 

The next 504 top performing high schools nationwide based on their college readiness index earned silver medals. 

An additional 1,321 high schools in 48 states that passed the first two steps were awarded bronze medals.  

Hawaii’s bronze medal awardees are: Keaau High School, Education Laboratory PCS, Hana High and Elementary School, Kahuku High and Intermediate School, Leilehua High School, McKinley High School, Roosevelt High School, and Waialua High and Intermediate School.

Arts Excellence Award – Innovations 

The Arts Excellence Award program was established to recognize schools that teach the arts as disciplines as well as integrate arts into other core academic subjects. Middle schools were invited to apply for the Arts Excellence Award this year.

During the concert for Celebrate the ARTS! in October, principals and teachers were honored for their schools’ exemplary arts education program.

The public and charter school awardees are Innovations Public Charter School, Jarrett Middle School, Kalama Intermediate School, Kawananakoa Middle School, and Washington Middle School.

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