Oregon's Deputy Schools Superintendent Rob Saxton announced today that Ashland School District's John Muir School was one of two Oregon schools to be named 2012 Title I Distinguished Schools under the federal Title I Distinguished Schools Program.
The program recognizes schools across the country for their innovation in helping low-income students achieve at high levels. Schools are recognized in the areas of "Exceptional Student Performance" and "Closing the Achievement Gap."
Also recognized was Greenway Elementary in the Beaverton School District. Both schools were also designated Model Schools this summer under Oregon's new accountability system.
John Muir School was recognized in the area of Exceptional Student Performance. John Muir is a K- 8 magnet school with a focus on outdoor education, the natural sciences and the arts. According to a state press release, with 58 percent of students eligible for free and reduced lunch, the school has a higher proportion of low-income students than the state overall, but John Muir students consistently score well above the state average in both reading and math. John Muir has received an "Outstanding" on the Oregon School Report Card for the past three years.
John Muir School and Greenway Elementary School will be honored at the National Title I Conference in Nashville, Tenn., in January and will receive a $5,000 award in recognition of their achievements.