All five were named high progress schools. To earn that distinction, the schools must be in the states top 10 percent of Title I schools in reading and math, combined, for three years. Title I provides extra federal funding to schools with 40 percent or more students from low-income families.
The schools are Garfield and Madison elementary schools in Olympia, Peter G. Schmidt Elementary School in Tumwater and Lackamas and Southworth elementary schools in Yelm.
Schools identified as Reward Schools have been doing the work that it takes to make a difference for students, state Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn said in a news release. School staff, parents and communities should be proud to join this distinguished group.
The Reward Schools program is part of the states Elementary and Secondary Act waiver which was recently granted by the U.S. Department of Education.
To view a list of all Reward Schools, click here.