Maples named a national Distinguished School
Maples Elementary Schools has received a national award recognizing the success of its students despite difficult circumstances.
The National Association of ESEA State Program Administrators named Maples a 2018 Distinguished School. Only 100 schools, two from each state, receive the award each year for exceptional student achievement. All the schools recognized qualify for funding under the federal Title 1 program, which supports low-income and other at-risk students. ESEA, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, created Title 1.
“Maples’ mission is to provide an exceptional learning environment that empowers every student to succeed in life, today and in the future. But first the Maples staff always assures the family is supported in any way needed, and we build a partnership with the family so we can then academically support the learning of their children,” said Principal Donna Jakubik. Support for the family includes such things as finding community resources for new immigrants to recently assisting after a family suffered a fire in their home, she said.
Maples qualified in two of three categories eligible for the award. The school ranked the best in Michigan for closing the achievement gap between the lowest and highest performing students, and it showed excellence in serving special student populations, Jakubik said. The other category is exceptional performance for two consecutive years.
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