Several Mahoning Valley schools have been recognized by the Ohio Department of Education for sustaining high academic achievement among students — many of whom come from economically disadvantaged homes.
Sixteen schools were designated Schools of Promise while 10 were designated High Performing Schools of Honor.
The Schools of Promise award program recognizes schools attaining solid student achievement in reading and mathematics while serving a significant number of economically disadvantaged students.
As an incentive to help close achievement gaps in Ohio, the Ohio Department of Education developed the Schools of Promise program to identify, recognize and highlight schools that are making substantial progress in ensuring high achievement for all students.
The Schools of Promise are Austintown’s Lynn Kirk Elementary School, West Boulevard Elementary School in Boardman, Struthers High School and Youngstown Early College in Mahoning County.
In Columbiana County, Crestview Elementary, East Palestine High, United Elementary and Wellsville High earned the honor and in Trumbull County, Girard’s Prospect Elementary, Hubbard High, Maplewood Elementary and Middle schools, Southington Elementary and Mineral Ridge High and Middle schools as well as Seaborn Elementary School, all in Weathersfield got the designation.
High Performing Schools of Honor are South Side Middle School in Columbiana, Boardman’s Robinwood Lane and West Boulevard elementary schools and Youngstown Early College.
In Trumbull County, Bloomfield-Mesopotamia High, Girard Senior High, Prospect Elementary in Girard, Maplewood Elementary and Middle and Mineral Ridge High earned the distinction.
The Schools of Honor initiative builds upon and expands the Department of Education’s existing Schools of Promise program.
The U.S. Department of Education approved the new Schools of Honor program as part of Ohio’s flexibility waiver for the Elementary and Secondary Education Act in 2012.
“Schools of Promise and the prestigious High Performing Schools of Honor are examples of what can happen when principals, teachers, parents and community members all believe that children can learn,” Richard A. Ross, superintendent of public instruction, said in a news release.
“These schools overcome challenges, sometimes significant challenges, to provide a high-quality education to Ohio children. What they have done is working and I am urging them to help other Ohio schools learn how they can overcome their challenges as well.”