Gov’s Award Goes to Two Loudoun Middle Schools

Farmwell Station Middle School in Ashburn and J. Michael Lunsford Middle School in Aldie were among eight Virginia schools to win the 2016 Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence, the highest award under the Virginia Index of Performance.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe and the state Board of Education announced May 24 that 278 schools and two school divisions earned VIP awards for advanced learning and achievement. The VIP incentive program recognizes schools that exceed state and federal accountability standards and achieve excellence goals established by the governor and the board.

“These schools epitomize academic excellence and the innovation, teamwork and commitment to high standards that have made Virginia’s public schools among the nation’s best,” McAuliffe stated.

Two Virginia school divisions and 104 schools—including 10 Loudoun County schools—earned the Board of Education Excellence Award for meeting all state and federal accountability benchmarks and for making significant progress. The Loudoun County schools on that list were: Belmont Ridge Middle, Belmont Station Elementary, Briar Woods High, Emerick Elementary, Legacy Elementary, Little River Elementary, Mill Run Elementary, Rosa Lee Carter Elementary, Stone Bridge High and Sycolin Creek Elementary.

The Board of Education Distinguished Achievement Award went to 166 schools statewide for meeting all state and federal benchmarks and making progress toward the goals of the governor and the Board of Education. The 18 Loudoun County schools that earned this award were: Aldie Elementary, Arcola Elementary, Broad Run High, Buffalo Trail Elementary, Eagle Ridge Middle, Hamilton Elementary, John Champe High, Loudoun Valley High, Lowes Island Elementary, Lucketts Elementary, Meadowland Elementary, Mountain View Elementary, Pinebrook Elementary, Round Hill Elementary, Sanders Corner Elementary, Stone Hill Middle, Waterford Elementary and Woodgrove High.

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