The National Center for Urban Education honored 24 schools from across the country. The Center bestowed each with Excellence in Urban Education Awards. Texas led the way with 15 schools considered to be among the nation’s highest performing schools. Of these, two campuses from Aldine ISD garnered awards. Stephens Elementary School was among the four schools in the country named Gold winners. The Center known as NCUST named Anderson Academy (a magnet school) and eight other schools from the state Bronze winners.
The schools received their awards during the 2015 National Excellence in Urban Education Symposium. The event took place May 20-22 in Dallas.
At the symposium, NCUST spotlights the nation’s top schools that achieve exceptional academic results. NCUST not only rewards outstanding schools but it also studies their successes. According to Dr. Joseph F. Johnson Jr., high-performing schools have support systems that address students’ needs. These schools promptly give students the extra help they need. Educators provide efficient and effective interventions. Johnson serves as the program director of NCUST.
“High-performing schools have strong systems of support,” said Johnson. “They design systems that ensure students will be successful,” Johnson said. “These schools have three elements key to their success. First, they identify students early to address their needs. Second, teachers and other professionals work together. And third, educators track the systems of support meticulously.”
NCUST presents the Award annually to the highest performing urban schools. NCUST awards elementary schools, middle schools, high schools and alternative schools. To compete for the Award, schools must meet or exceed certain criteria. Finalists are then selected with the winner named during the symposium.
The is not the first time that NCUST has recognized Stephens Elementary School. The campus and Hambrick Middle School won the award in 2010. NCUST named MacArthur High School a Gold winner in 2013 and in 2008. Aldine Ninth Grade School and Stehlik Intermediate School earned Silver recognition in 2013. That same year, NCUST named Aldine High School and Mendel Elementary School Bronze award winners.
NCUST started in 2005 at San Diego State University. The Center established the Award Program to identify the nation’s most successful urban schools. It was also a strategy to begin to study how the campuses found success. NCUST awarded the first five schools in May 2006.
The Center today continues to identify and share the lessons learned from the nation’s best urban schools. NCUST works to engage and work with districts determined to establish outstanding urban schools.
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