State recognizes seven Olympia schools for gains

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State recognizes seven Olympia schools for gains
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The state has recognized seven Olympia School District schools for their work in demonstrating achievement, showing growth over the previous year, or closing opportunity gaps for students during the 2018-19 school year.

Congratulations to the following schools:


  • Avanti High School: Closing Gaps for all students for improving the graduation rate.
  • Capital High School: Growth for students identifying as Native American or Alaskan Native.
  • Jefferson Middle School: Achievement for English Language Arts (ELA) and Math.
  • Thurgood Marshall Middle School: Growth for students who are English learners.
  • Centennial Elementary: Closing Gaps for one or more student groups at a Targeted Support school.
  • McLane Elementary: Growth for students who receive special education services.
  • Roosevelt Elementary: Growth for students identifying with two or more races.


“We are fortunate in Olympia to annually have many schools recognized by the state for achievement and this past year is no different,” said Superintendent Patrick Murphy. “The recognition of this year's group of schools is a continued tribute to the dedication of the teachers and staff and their commitment to equity. It once again reflects the hard work of our students and the unwavering support of their families."

The Washington School Recognition Program uses state and local data to identify schools that have made gains in targeted areas and are on a path toward overall improvements in achievement, growth, and closing opportunity gaps.

In all, 391 Washington schools are being recognized this year, and each one will receive a banner and certificate for display. Additionally, the state Legislature has acknowledged the last week in April as Washington School Recognition Week (April 27-May 1, 2020).

In a press release announcing the statewide awards, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal thanked educators “for your amazing work” and said, “Right now, the whole world is understanding the significance of our public schools. Public education provides each student with an opportunity for success; it's the foundation of our democracy and our society.”

The annual Washington School Recognition Program is coordinated by the Washington State Board of Education, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, and Educational Opportunity Gap Oversight and Accountability Committee.

“With these awards we recognize the outstanding efforts of our schools and their positive impact on students," said Washington State Board of Education Chair Peter Maier.

To learn more about the awards, visit the Washington State Board of Education website.