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Chase Street Elementary to Receive $20,000 as National Title 1 Distinguished School

Only 59 schools in the country received this honor.

The chart that demonstrates the school’s significant growth and achievement across high-stakes subject areas on the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test (CRCT). The CRCT is a state assessment, and is administered annually to students in grade
The chart that demonstrates the school’s significant growth and achievement across high-stakes subject areas on the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test (CRCT). The CRCT is a state assessment, and is administered annually to students in grade
By Anisa Sullivan Jimenez

Chase Street Elementary School has been named a National Title I Distinguished School by the National Title I Association, an honor given this year to only 59 schools throughout the country. Chase Street was singled out for this achievement by the Georgia Department of Education, who nominated the school for the award.

“It is an honor to have the hard work and commitment of our teachers, students, parents and community partners recognized at the national level,” said Principal Adam Kurtz. “We feel fortunate to have the opportunity to share with the public some of the student growth and learning that we witness daily. Though this award acknowledges our past and current successes, we maintain our focus on continued growth and progress.” 

A project of the National Title I Association, the National Title I Distinguished Schools Program publicly recognizes qualifying Title I schools for the outstanding academic achievements of their students. It highlights the efforts of schools across the country making significant improvements for their students. The program has been in place since 1996, highlighting the success of hundreds of schools in two categories – exceptional student performance for two or more consecutive years and closing the achievement gap. Chase Street was selected for closing the achievement gap.

“The Chase community reflects characteristics of a successful neighborhood school, which has resulted in all partners working together to increase students achievement and the overall well-being of our community’s children,” said Superintendent Philip D. Lanoue, Ph.D. “I applaud the teachers, students, parents and administrators for all their work that has made Chase Street Elementary such an exemplary school.” 

Title I is the cornerstone of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. It is the largest federally funded pre-college education program in the United States and provides funding to school districts across the country to aid in the education of economically disadvantaged students.

Melissa Link January 22, 2014 at 02:02 PM
Congratulations to all the teachers, students, administrators, and volunteers who work so hard throughout the year to make Chase St. such a success! Chase St. is a shining example of how community involvement can transform a school and it is lucky enough to be directly located in the middle of an extremely active neighborhood of highly educated residents, many of whom step up to volunteer and donate to Chase St. on a regular basis regardless of whether or not they have kids there. I do hope that the $20K award will be applied to programming that directly engages the more impoverished students and families from beyond the Blvd, Cobbham, & Normaltown neighborhoods who enable the school to qualify for Title 1 status in the first place.
Leon Galis January 22, 2014 at 02:14 PM
My grandniece is in the first grade at Chase St. She's too young to appreciate fully what a great school she goes to, but I'm sure not!

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