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PWCS Receives Honors from Virginia Department of Education
January 21, 2011


Congratulations go out to the 33 Prince William County Public Schools that achieved award-winning performances in the Virginia Index of Performance (VIP) incentive program created by the Virginia Board of Education (BOE). The incentive program, which was created by the Virginia BOE in 2007, recognizes schools and divisions that achieve excellence goals and far exceed minimum state and federal accountability standards. There are four levels of awards; the highest honor is the Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence, followed by the BOE Excellence Award, the BOE Competence to Excellence Award, and the BOE Rising Star Award.

“The schools and divisions earning these awards have high-achieving students and teachers and leaders who are committed to innovation and offering new opportunities for learning,” said Governor Bob McDonnell in a news release from the Virginia Department of Education. “I look forward to meeting some of the students and educators behind these success stories and congratulating them in person for their accomplishments,” he said.

A total of 27 Prince William County elementary schools, two traditional schools, one middle school, and three high schools won awards ranging from the Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence to Board of Education Rising Star Awards.

“The VIP awards program provides an incentive for schools and school divisions to set ambitious goals for raising student achievement and meeting the needs of diverse learners,” said Board of Education President Eleanor B. Saslaw.

2011 Governor's Award for Educational Excellence
Three PWCS schools qualified for the Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence by meeting all state and federal achievement benchmarks for at least two consecutive years and achieving applicable excellence goals for their school classification. Schools also earned bonus points for other performance measures, including the Governor’s Nutrition and Physical Activity Scorecard. The schools earning the Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence are:

  • Mountain View Elementary
  • Springwoods Elementary
  • Westridge Elementary

2011 Board of Education Excellence Awards
Fifteen PWCS schools earned the BOE Excellence Award. These schools also met all state and federal accountability benchmarks for at least two consecutive years and have made significant progress toward goals for increased student achievement and expanded educational opportunities set by the board. Those receiving BOE Excellence Awards are:

  • Alvey Elementary School
  • Antietam Elementary School
  • Bristow Run Elementary School
  • Buckland Mills Elementary School
  • Cedar Point Elementary School
  • Gainesville Middle School
  • Gravely Elementary School
  • Lake Ridge Elementary School
  • Loch Lomond Elementary School
  • Marshall Elementary School
  • Old Bridge Elementary School
  • Pennington Traditional School
  • Porter Traditional School
  • Rosa Parks Elementary School
  • Signal Hill Elementary School

2011 Board of Education Competence to Excellence Awards
Fourteen schools earned the BOE Competence to Excellence Award for having met all state and federal benchmarks for at least two consecutive years and are making progress toward the goals of the Governor and the board. Those receiving this award are as follows:

  • Battlefield High School
  • Belmont Elementary School
  • Brentsville District High School
  • Dumfries Elementary School
  • Hylton High School
  • Montclair Elementary School
  • Nokesville Elementary School
  • Occoquan Elementary School
  • Penn Elementary School
  • Potomac View Elementary School
  • Sudley Elementary School
  • Swans Creek Elementary School
  • Triangle Elementary School
  • Tyler Elementary School

2011 Board of Education Rising Star Award
One PWCS school was on the list of six BOE Rising Star Awards issued to schools this year. The Rising Star Award recognizes school divisions and schools that have met all state and federal accountability standards for two consecutive years and have improved their VIP scores significantly from the previous year.
The PWCS school receiving this award is:

  • Kerrydale Elementary School


Read the Virginia Department of Education news release.