Bensley Elementary has been named a National Title I Distinguished School. Bensley is the sixth school in Virginia to be honored with this recognition twice. Chesterfield County Public Schools has seen five other schools receive this recoginition previously, with Bensley Elementary being the first in 2002.
The National Title I Association has been selecting examples of superior Title I school programs for national recognition through the National Title I Distinguished Schools program since 1996. These schools demonstrate a wide array of strengths, including team approaches to teaching and learning, focused professional development opportunities for staff, individualized programs for student success and strong partnerships between the school, parents and the community. National Title I Distinguished Schools are honored by the National Title I Association. Each year, two schools in each state are recognized for excelling in one of two categories: exceptional student performance for two or more consecutive years or closing achievement gaps among student groups. Elizabeth Scott Elementary won for closing achievement gaps.
Bensley Elementary was selected for exceptional student performance for two consecutive years. Bensley Elementary obtained full state accreditation for two consecutive accountability years (2014-2015 and 2015-2016). Additionally, they demonstrated exceptional instructional programming, opportunities for student success, and partnerships with families and communities in their application. Because only two schools per state are selected each year as National Title I Distinguished Schools, this award is an especially prestigious honor.
“We are honored to have Bensley Elementary receive this recognition, not once, but twice,” said Chesterfield County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. James Lane. “