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G'view High's reward is 'Reward'

GRANDVIEW -Grandview High School has been named a Washington State Reward School for High Progress.

The recognition means the school has been recognized for making strides in test scores and graduation rates for the past three years.

Grandview High School is just one of 69 schools identified by the state for this accolade.

"The honor reflects the hard work that both students and staff have put in to being the best they can be," said Superintendent Kevin Chase.

Reward schools can be classified as either highest performing schools or high progress schools. High progress schools are Title I schools in the top 10 percent of Title I schools in reading and math combined for the past three years.

The school, if it's a high school, must also be among the Title I schools with the most progress in increasing graduation rates. The Washington state superintendent of public instruction recently recognized reward schools for the 2012-13 school year.

"The recognition is a reflection of the work put in by all of our staff from kindergarten through twelfth grade," Chase added. "Grandview cares about providing the finest instruction for each and every child."

Being named a reward school is the culmination of many factors at Grandview High School. Teachers and staff have worked to implement new units of study using "balanced literacy" approaches in language arts and "complex instruction" in mathematics with an emphasis on conceptual understanding.

The school's staff has also been using student advisories in cooperation with Navigation 101. They, too, use AVID and Project Lead the Way to help prepare students for a college-going culture. A UW GEAR-UP partnership has also been a huge support for getting students ready to attend college and be successful in high school, says Chase.

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