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School’s list of achievements, awards long

Monday, June 16, 2014

Rich Acres Elementary consistently has won awards over the last decade or so — at a level more than other schools in Henry County Public Schools, according to school division officials.

The school’s awards and achievements include: 2003-2013 fully accredited (Virginia); met federal accountability standards 2003-2013; 2001-2009 and 2011-2013 Distinguished Title I School; 2011 National Blue Ribbon School; 2008, 2009, 2012 Board of Education Excellence Award (a state award); 2010 Board of Education Competence to Excellence Award (a state award); 2011 Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence; 2013 and 2014 Board of Education Distinguished Achievement Award (a state award); 2012 Bronze Award in the Healthier U.S. School Challenge; 2012 Energy Star Award. That’s according to information provided by Elizabeth Fulcher, who is in her third year as principal of Rich Acres.

Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) data show that Rich Acres’ Standards of Learning (SOL) pass rates for “all students” exceeded HCPS and the state rates in all or most of the five subject areas for each of the last five years listed. The five subject areas are English: reading; English: writing; history and social science; math; and science.

Specifically, in 2012-13, Rich Acres exceeded HCPS in all five subject areas, and Rich Acres exceeded the state in four of the five subject areas but trailed the state in writing. In 2011-12, Rich Acres exceeded the division and state for four of five subject areas, but trailed HCPS and the state in writing. In 2010-11, Rich Acres exceeded the division and state in four of five subject areas, but trailed the division and state in science. In 2009-10 and 2008-09, Rich Acres exceeded the division and state in all five subject areas.

But Rich Acres has had challenges too.

For example, VDOE data show in 2013-14, Rich Acres had a higher percentage of economically disadvantaged students (75.4 percent) and limited English proficient students (11.9 percent) than HCPS and the state. About 66 percent of HCPS students were economically disadvantaged and 6.9 percent limited English proficient. For Virginia, 40.1 percent of students were economically disadvantaged and 9.9 percent of students were limited English proficient.

VDOE data also showed that in 2013-14 Rich Acres was the third highest of 14 HCPS schools for percentage of students eligible for the National School Lunch Program free and reduced price program, a benchmark for poverty. Seventy-six percent of students at Rich Acres were eligible. Only Axton Elementary (79.36 percent of students) and Campbell Court Elementary (79.03 percent) were higher among schools in HCPS.


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