Another National Award for Rose Park Middle Magnet
Silver Award is given to urban schools with high achievement
Make some room on the trophy shelf because Rose Park Middle Magnet School has received another major award.
The Silver Award from the National Center for Urban School Transformation (NCUST) is given to schools that meet a number of performance criteria, including high achievement, high attendance rates and low suspension rates, among many others. Rose Park is one of just 16 schools nationwide that made the cut, and one of only eight to receive the Silver Award.
“After receiving National Blue Ribbon status and a SCORE Prize, the secret about Rose Park is out,” said Director of Schools Dr. Jesse Register. “It’s a terrific school, and the faculty and students have earned every distinction they’ve received. We’re proud to have such strong schools serving our neighborhood families.”
“The finalists have attained a level of achievement more typically seen in schools that serve very affluent communities,” said Joseph F. Johnson, Jr., executive director of the NCUST. “They prove that our nation’s urban schools can be wonderful centers of learning that change children’s lives. As a nation, we should be seeking out opportunities to applaud and support these schools while we provide systematic, substantive assistance to other schools seeking to attain similar results.”
Officials from NCUST visited Rose Park earlier this year to see in person the great story behind the school’s data. The winning schools demonstrated the greatest evidence of rigorous content, engaging instruction and positive relationships with students and families.
Three of the eight Silver Award schools will be chosen for the Gold Award – one each for elementary, middle and high – at the NCUST Symposium in May. Each Silver Award school receives a check for $2,500. Gold Award schools receive an additional $2,500.
“This is extremely gratifying,” said Rose Park principal Robert Blankenship. “Our students and faculty work so hard to achieve at these levels. To have that recognized on the national stage means a great deal.”