Two Highline Schools Named State ‘Reward Schools’

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Southern Heights Elementary School and Health Sciences and Human Services High School (HS3) were named “Reward Schools” by state schools superintendent Randy Dorn this week.

“Reward Schools” are those leading reform and improvement efforts in Washington State.

Both Southern Heights and HS3 are “high-progress schools.” That means they are in the top 10 percent of schools based on their performance and their improvement on state assessments over three years. In addition, they have no significant gaps in performance among subgroups of students. Subgroups include ethnicity, socio-economic status, Special Education, and English Language Learners.

“I am so proud to work with such a dedicated staff who has worked diligently over the past 3 years to increase the academic rigor for all students.” said Southern Heights Principal Deborah Holcomb.

“It is thrilling to be a part of such a successful learning community that includes teachers, support staff, students, parents and community members who are committed to making HS3 a wonderful learning environment,” said Principal Jenni MacDonald.

A total of 75 Washington schools achieved Reward status. Schools were identified using three-year averages (2009-10 through 2011-12) of reading and math scores from the statewide tests and/or graduation rates.

“The Reward School designation speaks to the hard work of our staff and students, and to the support of parents and the community,” said Superintendent Susan Enfield. “I am proud of the excellent work going on at Southern Heights and HS3.”

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