Crestwood Elementary School has been selected as a National ESEA Distinguished School. Each year, only two schools per state receive this prestigious designation. Chesterfield County Public Schools leaders announced the school’s award to students and staff members today during an outdoor assembly.
To be eligible for the National ESEA Distinguished School award, a school must meet these three criteria:
There are three categories a school may be nominated under:
Crestwood was recognized in category 3 for excellence in serving English learners. School Board member Kathryn Haines, who represents the Midlothian district, said,
“Congratulations to Crestwood Elementary: a school that consistently goes above and beyond to ensure that students succeed. Since 2012, the school has worked to redesign approaches to planning, staff development and instruction as part of a detailed school improvement plan and that work is definitely making a difference.”
Dr. Merv Daugherty, superintendent of Chesterfield County Public Schools, said, “Crestwood Elementary exemplifies what we mean when we say ‘all means all.’ Public education is for all students, and teachers throughout our school system work hard to make sure every student succeeds. Teaching and learning are not easy, but they are vital to our community, and we celebrate Crestwood’s commitment and success.”
Crestwood is the eighth Chesterfield County elementary school to achieve this national recognition, which previously was named the National Title I Distinguished School Award: Ettrick won in 2018, Elizabeth Scott in 2013, Bellwood in 2011, Beulah in 2010, Harrowgate in 2006, Chalkley in 2005 and Bensley in 2002.
More information about the National ESEA Distinguished School designation is available here: www.eseanetwork.org/ds.