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Six Arlington County Schools Win Top Honors from State

According to yesterday's Arlington Sun Gazette, "Six Arlington public schools have been named to the top tier in the Virginia Board of Education’s annual awards program, comprising two-thirds of all the schools that received the award statewide."

The Sun Gazette explains in part:

"Arlington Traditional; Jamestown, McKinley, Nottingham and Taylor elementary schools; and Williamsburg Middle School earned the 2017 Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence, the top level in the annual awards program.

"These schools are shining examples of what can be accomplished when there is a schoolwide commitment to high standards, teamwork, academic excellence and innovation,” Gov. McAuliffe said in a statement announcing the awards. “I congratulate each of them on going above and beyond to prepare their students for a successful future in our new Virginia economy.”

"Statewide, only nine schools earned the top honor in 2017. In addition to the Arlington schools, they included Cooper and Longfellow middle schools in Fairfax County and Short Pump Middle School in Henrico County.

"Arlington Science Focus School, Ashlawn Elementary School and Discovery Elementary School were among 145 schools statewide to receive the 2017 Board of Education Excellence Award, the second tier in the annual awards program."

Given that Arlington continues to have the highest cost-per-student in the region, as we growled on November 21, 2016, we are happy to learn that some of the Arlington Public Schools are doing so well.

Additional information about the awards, including schools and school divisions receiving them, can be found in this August 8, 2017 press release from the Virginia Department of Education.

Kudos to the students of the six APS schools who helped their schools win 2017 Governor's Award for Educational Excellence.

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