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Platte River Academy Receives “The John Irwin School of Excellence Award”

I am proud to announce that the Colorado Department of Education has awarded Platte River Academy the John Irwin School of Excellence Award for 2016. The award was not given to any school in 2015 because CDE lacked the assessment data primarily due to changes in the testing format throughout the state.

The John Irwin School of Excellence award is given to schools that demonstrate excellent academic achievement. Our school “exceeded” expectations on the academic achievement indicator which is the school performance framework that is used by the state to evaluate schools. There are 1,825 schools in the state. Only one hundred and sixty-eight (168) received this prestigious honor (i.e. 9%).

In Douglas County, 13 schools qualified for the award. Four were charter schools (Challenge to Excellence, Parker Core Knowledge, the STEM School and PRA), six elementary schools and three high schools.

THANK YOU PARENTS FOR YOUR SUPPORT THROUGHOUT THE YEAR, ESPECIALLY AS WE GO THROUGH THE ASSESSMENT/TESTING CYCLE ADMINSTERED BY THE STATE. We have noted often, how important the assessments are to our strategic efforts to provide a first-class education. This special award is a very nice by-product of having all our children included in the assessment cycle.

Please join me in thanking all our staff for a job VERY WELL DONE!!!