Two local schools earn statewide academic honors
March 18, 2017
EAGLE — Two local schools earned statewide honors for soaring academically.
Brush Creek Elementary and Eagle County Charter Academy earned achievement awards from the Colorado Department of Education.
• Brush Creek earned Governor's Distinguished Improvement Award.
• Eagle County Charter Academy earned John Irwin Schools of Excellence Award.
“Our data reflects the individual achievements of each and every one of our Bobcats and the community that supports them. Led by very talented teachers, from English language learners to mathematicians and gifted writers, our students are setting goals and working at high levels to achieve them.”Brooke ColePrincipal, Brush Creek Elementary School
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Colorado Education Commissioner Katy Anthes honored the schools.
Excellent student growth
To earn either award, schools must demonstrate excellent student growth. The state CDE evaluates schools, and Governor's Distinguished Improvement schools must exceed academic growth expectations during a three-year period, according to the CDE.
Eagle County Charter Academy was among 168 Colorado schools to earn a John Irwin Award.
"As a proud member of Eagle County Schools, we recognize that all success is shared," said Kim Walter, principal at Eagle County Charter Academy. "We are grateful for the collective efforts of families, early childhood partners, our district colleagues, and our passionate teachers who make every day count. On behalf of the staff and students at ECCA, we are honored to receive the John Irwin award in recognition of academic excellence."
Brush Creek was one of 128 Colorado schools that earned the Governor's Distinguished Improvement award.
"Our data reflects the individual achievements of each and every one of our Bobcats and the community that supports them," said Brooke Cole, principal at Brush Creek Elementary School. "Led by very talented teachers, from English language learners to mathematicians and gifted writers, our students are setting goals and working at high levels to achieve them."
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