West Clay Elementary was nominated for the award by Indiana State Department of Education and then selected as one of the few schools across the nation to receive the impressive status of Exemplary High Performing School by the U.S Department of Education. To be eligible to be a high performing school, schools must score at the highest performance level on tests referenced by the national norms in the most recent year tested. This means that schools must rank in the top 15 percent of all schools on state assessments in both reading and mathematics. Each subgroup of students at the school must also be in the top 40 percent in the state on state assessments.
“It is a privilege and an honor for West Clay Elementary to receive the coveted title of being named a National Blue Ribbon School for 2016,” said Dr. Nicholas D. Wahl, Superintendent of Carmel Clay Schools. “This award is a testament to the teamwork, dedication and outstanding efforts by our students, parents and teachers who inspire learning and achievement on a daily basis. This award reinforces our mission of providing opportunities for all students to realize their potential in an ever-changing world.”
West Clay Elementary Principal Jennifer Szuhaj, Assistant Principal Catherine Elder and a teacher representative will attend the two-day award ceremony in Washington, D.C., to celebrate their outstanding achievement.
“We are thrilled to be given this honor,” said West Clay Elementary Principal Jennifer Szuhaj. “The teachers and staff have a passion for education and are one of the most dedicated, hardworking and caring group of individuals I know. Our goal here at West Clay Elementary is to focus on the whole child—the academic and social emotional well-being of each student in order to help them reach their fullest potential. In addition, we are thankful for the strong and collaborative relationship we have with West Clay Elementary parents who have also helped make this honor possible.”
Community Relations Liaison
Carmel Clay Schools
5201 E. Main Street, Carmel, IN 46033
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