Hanover County Public Schools have the best scores, student awards and survey results indicating that it is a quality organization.
And now they have the approval of the U.S. Senate Productivity and Quality Award Committee from Virginia. In 1996, Hanover became the first school system in the nation to win the prestigious Award for Continuing Excellence (ACE). "We are excited and humbled by the committee's decision," says Superintendent of Schools
Dr. Stewart D. Roberson. "It takes a community effort to win something of this magnitude."
In 1991, Hanover won the U.S. Senate Productivity Award
Medallion. Established in 1989, the ACE is designed to recognize past recipients of the medallion. Organizations are evaluated against the rate and magnitude of improvements attained since the time of their original award. "We stated planning for this application last fall," says Roberson. "But we have to keep in mind that we have been building for this award since 1991. It is the commitment of the residents, staff and school board to quality that really shines through. "Hanover accomplishments include increasing the number of students taking a foreign language and increasing the number of students taking algebra before ninth grade.
While growing in size by nearly 3,000 students, Hanover also decreased the dropout rate from three percent to less than one percent.
"Not only could we demonstrate improvement in all areas," says Roberson. "But we could also list new achievements including a national Blue Ribbon school, the graduate warranty program and even business surveys."
Blue Ribbon Schools are models of both excellence and equity. To be recognized, a school must demonstrate a strong commitment to educational excellence for all students. The program welcomes applications from schools that have demonstrated sustained success in achieving these values, as well as schools that have overcome obstacles and can provide evidence of significant improvements.
Visit our Blue Ribbon Schools:
Cold Harbor Elementary
Lee-Davis High School
Liberty Middle School
Stonewall Jackson Middle School
A national review panel evaluates the nominations. The Review Panel considers the following "Conditions of effective Schooling" in each school:
Student Focus and Support; Challenging Standards and Curriculum; Teaching and Active Learning; Learning-Centered Culture and Organization; Professional Communities; Leadership and Organizational Vitality; School, Family, and Community Partnerships; and Indicators of Success.
The Review Panel also considers such objective "Indicators of Success," such as:
student performance on measures of achievement; daily student and teacher attendance rates; students' post graduation pursuits; and school, staff and student awards.
Hanover Public Schools is a publicly funded organization
No. of Schools: 20
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