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Mar 21

Virginia High Performing Middle/High Schools 2012

Governor McDonnell Honors High-Performing Virginia Schools and School Divisions:2012 Virginia Index of Performance Awards Announced

Governor Bob McDonnell and the Board of Education announced that 447 schools and two school divisions earned 2012 Virginia Index of Performance (VIP) awards for advanced learning and achievement. The incentive program recognizes schools and divisions that far exceed minimum state and federal accountability standards and achieve excellence goals established by the governor and the board.
“I congratulate the educators in these schools and divisions for their unwavering commitment to academic excellence and to the success of their students,” McDonnell said. “They put students first and maintain high expectations for instruction, learning and student achievement.”
The high schools and middle school earning 2012 VIP awards – which are based on student achievement and other performance indicators during 2010-2011 – include:
“The criteria for these awards are becoming more challenging with the Board of Education’s increasing focus on college and career readiness,” Board of Education President Eleanor B. Saslaw said. “That so many schools earned VIP awards speaks to the capacity of most of Virginia’s public schools to accept new challenges.”

“As we celebrate the successes of the 2012 VIP award winners, we must not lose sight of the schools in Virginia where students still struggle to achieve at grade level in reading and mathematics,” Superintendent of Public Instruction Patricia I. Wright said. “Just as the Standards of Learning (SOL) provided the foundation for the excellence we recognize today, maintaining the SOL program is essential to raising achievement in low-performing schools and closing the achievement gap.”
2012 Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence
To qualify for the Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence, schools and school divisions must meet all state and federal achievement benchmarks for at least two consecutive years and achieve all applicable excellence goals for elementary reading, enrollment in Algebra I by the eighth grade, enrollment in college-level courses, high school graduation, attainment of advanced diplomas, increased attainment of career and industry certifications, and participation in the Virginia Preschool Initiative. Schools and school divisions earn bonus points for other performance measures, including the Governor’s Nutrition and Physical Activity Scorecard.
The four middle schools earning the Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence are as follows:
Cooper Middle, Franklin Middle, Frost Middle, Longfellow Middle, Rocky Run Middle, Thoreau Middle

Each school earning a Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence will receive a display banner and a signed resolution of commendation from Governor McDonnell. No school divisions qualified for a Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence.
2012 Board of Education Excellence Awards
These schools and divisions also have met all state and federal accountability benchmarks for at least two consecutive years and have made significant progress toward goals for increased student achievement and expanded educational opportunities set by the board.
The high and middle schools receiving Board of Education Excellence Awards are as follows:
Fairfax County – Langley High, Liberty Middle, Madison High, McLean High, Oakton High, Robinson Secondary, Thomas Jefferson High for Science and Technology,
Hanover County – Atlee High,
Middlesex County – St. Clare Walker Middle
Richmond –Richmond Community High
Roanoke County – Cave Spring High, Glenvar Middle
Scott County – Rye Cove Intermediate
Stafford County – Colonial Forge High
West Point –West Point High
2012 Board of Education Competence to Excellence Awards
The Board of Education Competence to Excellence Award was earned by 171 schools that met all state and federal benchmarks for at least two consecutive years and made progress toward the goals of the governor and the board.
The high and middle schools receiving the Competence to Excellence awards are as follows:
Accomack County – Chincoteague High and Tangier Combined
Albemarle County –Western Albemarle High
Arlington County –Yorktown High
Augusta County – Fort Defiance High
Bland County – Rocky Gap High
Botetourt County –Lord Botetourt High
Campbell County – Brookville High
Fairfax County – Chantilly High, Fairfax High, Key Middle, Marshall High, Sunrise and West Springfield High
Frederick County – Robert E. Aylor Middle
Hanover County – Hanover High
Henrico County – Mills E. Godwin High
Lexington – Lylburn Downing Middle
Loudoun County – Briar Woods High, Broad Run High, Loudoun Valley High,and Stone Bridge High
Poquoson – Poquoson High
Richmond – Albert Hill Middle, Open High
Roanoke County – Glenvar High, Hidden Valley High
Salem – Andrew Lewis Middle and Salem High
Scott County – Gate City High
Spotsylvania County – Riverbend High
Tazewell County – Graham Intermediate
Virginia Beach – Princess Anne High
Williamsburg-James City County – Jamestown High
York County – Grafton High and Tabb High
No school divisions qualified for a 2012 Competence to Excellence Award.
More information about the VIP incentive program for schools and school divisions is available on the VDOE website: http://www.doe.virginia.gov/statistics_reports/va_index_performance_awards/index.shtml