The public schools of Westmoreland County have come quite a ways in the last few years, gaining full accreditation last year to name just one achievement. Now, Washington & Lee High School can put another award on the wall, this one coming straight from the Virginia Department of Education. The Continuous Improvement Award came through the Department’s Exemplar School Recognition Program.
Schools are granted this award when they manage to not only become accredited, but also improve both “academic and school quality indicators for each of the last three years.” The entirety of Westmoreland County’s Public Schools had gained full accreditation last year, though W&L High School has had theirs since before then, and had to demonstrate any combination of “an increase in the academic achievement at least two student groups in reading or mathematics, an increase in attendance, or an increase in graduation rates and a decrease in dropout rates.”
The award should go a long way to assuaging any fears some people might have had about moving the students and faculty into a new building. It’s not going to be the same old methods, but rather something new and better. When the new high school is constructed, for that time gets closer every day, it will have a student body and faculty to match, with a School Board well on its way to fulfilling its mission statement.