The Downingtown Area School District proudly announces that the Pennsylvania Department of Education – Division of Federal Programs has named both Bradford Heights and Lionville Elementary Title 1 Distinguished Schools. The PA Department of Education selected 158 Title I schools (out of 912 schools) to be named Distinguished Schools.
Each year, the PA Division of Federal Programs honors the top performing Title I schools in Pennsylvania. This year, they used the approved ESEA Flexibility Waiver designation of Reward: High Achievement and Reward: High Progress.
Both schools achieved the High Achievement designation. High Achievement Schools are the highest 5% of Title I schools based on English Language Arts (ELA) and Math PSSA proficiency that met all four Annual Measurable Objectives (AMOs). Dr. Andrew Hoffert, Principal of Bradford Heights accepted the award on behalf of his school. Lionville Elementary Assistant Principal Dr. Melanie Susi accepted the Lionville award on behalf of Principal Shelda Perry and their school.
"To be named a Distinguished School is great honor for a Title 1 school," said Superintendent Emilie Lonardi. "The award signifies that students and staff are working together to succeed and excel in multiple curriculum academic areas. In emphasizing the core skills of reading, writing, and mathematics in all our elementary schools, we seek to improve student success in a wide variety of other academic endeavors."
The award was presented at the 2019 Title I Distinguished School Ceremony, as part of the 2019 Title I Improving Schools’ Performance Conference in Pittsburgh PA.