Jackie Robinson Academy is one of only 25 schools selected by the National Center for Urban School Transformation (NCUST) as finalists for the 2009 National Excellence in Urban Education Award.
The finalists were selected from among a field of applicants that includes National Blue Ribbon School Award recipients, National Title I Distinguished Schools, and many that have been recognized among the best schools in their states.
The finalists, plus an additional 18 Honor Roll Schools, including International Elementary School, will be listed on the NCUST website.
In order to be eligible to compete for the award, applicants were required to meet 11 rigorous criteria, including proficiency rates on state assessments that exceeded state averages, high achievement, high attendance rates. low suspension and expulsion rates for all of the demographic groups, high graduation rates, attainment of NCLB adequate yearly progress, and other indicators of academic excellence. The schools must meet low-income criteria and have non-selective admissions policies. Only 43 applicants from across the nation met these rigorous criteria. All of them are listed on NCUST’s 2009 National Honor Roll.
The 25 finalists presented the strongest evidence of high levels of achievement for all of the students they serve. They will receive on-site visits that will lead to the selection of 10 winners that will be recognized at the 2009 NCUST Symposium May 7-8 in San Diego.
Winners receive $1,000, a large banner for their school, a commemorative photo album, a profile on the NCUST website and complimentary travel and registration for two people to the national symposium.