By Susan Riddell email@example.com
In recent years, Glendover Elementary School (Fayette County) has developed a strong reputation for meeting the needs of its diverse students, according to Principal Catherine Fine.
The school has embraced that diversity and currently welcomes students from 26 different countries.
“At Glendover we truly are a window to the world,” said Fine, who just finished her 11th year as the school’s principal.
Using a systemic approach to intervention targeting literacy, Glendover Elementary teachers and administrators have been focused on strategies to make learning for these students, many of whom are English as a Second Language (ESL) learners, more enriching and to improve achievement In doing so, all students have benefitted, Fine said, as these efforts have worked for multiple groups of students who tend to score lower on state and national assessments and are involved in the intervention process.
In 2011-12, Glendover Elementary was a School of Distinction with an accountability score in the 96th percentile. It also scored at least 20 percent higher than district and state averages in every subject in K-PREP testing measures. The designated Gap Group scored 21 percent higher than Fayette County school district test scores and 19 percent higher than the state average.
“I think our best approach is holding all students accountable to the same high expectations,” Fine said.
That approach is one of the key reasons Glendover Elementary was honored as a 2013 National Blue Ribbon School. Continue Reading