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Virginia Board of Education Announces 2023-2024 Exemplar Performance School Awards

37 schools earn the Highest Achievement Award; 27 schools earn the Continuous Improvement Award

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Keep in mind that Youngkin’s appointees dominate this Board of Education, so…take this with a grain of salt?  With that in mind, congratulations to all these schols on their awards!

Virginia Board of Education
Announces 2023-2024 Exemplar
Performance School Awards

RICHMOND – The Virginia Board of Education today recognized 64 schools for their high achievement and continued improvement as part of its Exemplar Performance School Recognition Program.

The Exemplar School Recognition Program and its Exemplar Performance Awards recognizes schools that exceed board-established performance requirements or show continuous improvement on academic and school quality indicators. Thirty-seven schools earned the Board of Education Highest Achievement Award, and 27 schools earned the Board of Education Continuous Improvement Award. The awards are based on performance and practices during the 2022-2023 and prior school years.

“On behalf of the Virginia Board of Education, I am thrilled to celebrate and honor the 64 schools who are being recognized for their accomplishments,” said Board of Education President Grace Turner Creasey. “Recognition in this program is one of the highest achievements a school can receive in the Commonwealth. Congratulations to the staff, students, and communities who support these remarkable schools for their success.”

“I am pleased to recognize and congratulate the 37 schools that earned the Highest Achievement Award and the 27 schools that have earned the Continuous Improvement Award,” said Superintendent of Public Instruction Lisa Coons. “When high expectations are set and our schools achieve them, they deserve to be celebrated. This recognition is a testament to the hard work and tireless efforts the educators and staff, students, families, and communities are making every single day. They should be very proud of all that they have achieved.”

2023-2024 Board of Education Highest Achievement Award

The 37 schools earning the 2023-2024 Board of Education Highest Achievement Award are:

Division Name

School Name

Albemarle County

Community Lab School

Albemarle County

Ivy Elementary

Albemarle County

Virginia L. Murray Elementary

Arlington County

Arlington Traditional

Bedford County

Forest Elementary

Botetourt County

Breckinridge Elementary

Botetourt County

Buchanan Elementary

Botetourt County

Eagle Rock Elementary

Carroll County

Gladesboro Elementary

Danville City

Galileo Magnet High

Fairfax County

Sangster Elementary

Fairfax County

Thomas Jefferson High for Science and Technology

Fauquier County

Kettle Run High

Fauquier County

P.B. Smith Elementary

Grayson County

Fairview Elementary

Lee County

St. Charles Elementary

Loudoun County

Aldie Elementary

Loudoun County

Emerick Elementary

Loudoun County

Hamilton Elementary

Loudoun County

Hillsboro Charter Academy

Loudoun County

Waterford Elementary

Montgomery County

Harding Avenue Elementary

Patrick County

Woolwine Elementary

Pittsylvania County

Stony Mill Elementary

Richmond City

Mary Munford Elementary

Roanoke City

Crystal Spring Elementary

Roanoke County

Mason’s Cove Elementary

Southampton County

Nottoway Elementary

Virginia Beach City

Green Run Collegiate

Virginia Beach City

Kingston Elementary

Virginia Beach City

North Landing Elementary

Virginia Beach City

Old Donation School

Virginia Beach City

Rosemont Forest Elementary

Wise County

J.W. Adams Combined

Wise County

St. Paul Elementary

Wythe County

Rural Retreat Elementary

York County

Seaford Elementary

Schools recognized for Highest Achievement demonstrated high levels of success across all school quality indicators, including success in narrowing achievement gaps. In order to earn this recognition, schools are required to:

  • Achieve Performance Level One for reading, mathematics, and science based on the student pass rate (which does not include growth measures) for the “all students” group in the school, as well as for each student group in the school.
    • In addition, schools with two student groups could have no more than a five-percentage point difference between the performance of each student group and the “all students” group; schools with three or more student groups could have no more than a ten-percentage point difference between the performance of each student group and the “all students” group.
  • Achieve at Level One in the Chronic Absenteeism, Graduation and Completion Index, and Dropout Rate school quality indicators.

2023-2024 Board of Education Continuous Improvement Award

The 27 schools earning the 2023-2024 Board of Education Continuous Improvement Award are:                          

Division Name

School Name

Amherst County

Amherst County High

Arlington County

Wakefield High

Bath County

Bath County High

Brunswick County

Brunswick High

Buchanan County

Twin Valley High

Campbell County

Rustburg High

Carroll County

Carroll County High

Chesapeake City

Norfolk Highlands Primary

Essex County

Essex High

Fairfax County

Lewis High

Fairfax County

South Lakes High

Fairfax County

West Potomac High

Hampton City

Phoebus High

Loudoun County

Hutchison Farm Elementary

Manassas City

Osbourn High

Mathews County

Mathews High

Norfolk City

St. Helena Elementary

Norton City

J.I. Burton High

Prince William County

Neabsco Elementary

Richmond City

Richmond Career Education and Employment Charter School

Rockingham County

Ottobine Elementary

Rockingham County

Turner Ashby High

Spotsylvania County

Cedar Forest Elementary

Staunton City

Bessie Weller Elementary

Virginia Beach City

Green Run High

Virginia Beach City

Tallwood High

York County

York River Academy

Schools recognized for continuous improvement met at least one of the following criteria based on performance from the 2022-2023 school year data:

  • The school demonstrates an increase in the combined rate for math, reading and science for each of the past three years with a total increase across the three years of ten points or more;
  • The school demonstrates an increase in the combined rate for two or more student groups in reading and math for each of the past three years with a total increase across the three years of ten points or more;
  • The school demonstrates an increase in the Graduation and Completion Index (GCI) for each of the past three years with a total increase across the three years of four percent or more; and school demonstrates a decrease in the dropout rate for each of the past three years with the total reduction across three years of 15 percent or more of the first year’s dropout rate.

For more information about the Board of Education Exemplar Performance Awards, visit the Virginia Department of Education website.

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