A Blue Ribbon salute
The U.S. Department of Educations highest honor, National Blue Ribbon Schools distinction, goes to the nations public and private schools performing at the highest level or showing significant improvements in achievement. Just one northeast Indiana school was recognized this year – New Haven Intermediate.
The grade 3-5 school in the East Allen County Schools district is one of just 286 schools nationwide to earn Blue Ribbon distinction. Its recognition was in the category of Exemplary Improving, awarded to schools that have at least 40 percent of students from disadvantaged backgrounds demonstrate improved achievement on state assessments or nationally benchmarked tests.
Sixty-three percent of New Haven Intermediates students last year came from families eligible for free or reduced-price lunch. Sixty-six percent passed both English and math portions of ISTEP+ last year, up from 39 percent in 2009. The school was formerly part of Meadowbrook Elementary.
I am very proud to be the leader of such a great school and appreciate all the hard work the teachers and staff have put forth in recent years, said principal Alicia Gatewood in a news release. It is their work being recognized.
The school implemented research-based programs before the last school year, with teachers receiving training in instructional strategies and assessments. The East Allen school board, central office staff and New Haven Intermediate faculty and staff will celebrate the achievement next Wednesday at the school. The U.S. Department of Education recognition event is Nov. 18-19 in Washington.