Two Rivers named 'School of Excellence'
Entering its seventh year, Two Rivers Community School (TRCS), a North Carolina public charter school located in Watauga County, has earned "Honor School of Excellence" status for the 2010-11 academic year, one of only two schools in the county to achieve the highest ranking based on composite performance scores on the state End of Grade tests (EOGs).
The school also met the federal government's stringent standards for high growth in the "Adequate Yearly Progress" (AYP) performance targets as defined by the No Child Left Behind Act.
Of the 2,495 North Carolina public schools in the state completing the annual tests, only 210 or 8.4 percent were designated "Honor Schools of Excellence," the highest level of recognition provided by the state. The other Watauga County elementary school to achieve at this level was Blowing Rock Elementary School.
According to the Public Schools of North Carolina website ( http://www.ncpublicschools.org), "'Honor Schools of Excellence' are schools that made at least expected growth, had at least 90 percent of their students' scores at or above Achievement Level III, and made (AYP)."
Jessica Gilway, director of Two Rivers, said that the school's overall EOG performance composite score was 92.3 percent.
"That means 92.3 percent of our students made a three or better on their EOG tests," she said. "It is a composite of math and English language arts. Two Rivers also achieved high hrowth, meaning that 60 percent or more of our students reached the goal determined for them by the state."
Two Rivers board member and Appalachian State University education professor Vachel Miller expressed his pride in the school's overall progress in its first six years, commenting, "TRCS kids explore ideas, do their projects - and learn in a holistic, experiential way. We know the real proof of their learning is in their portfolios, their student-led conferences and the joy they find in learning together. At the end of the year, the tests just give us another assurance that it's working."
One of only 100 public charter schools in North Carolina, Two Rivers Community School emphasizes "continuing discovery and development of self and community by providing a learning environment that is relevant, active and project oriented."
Using a model of "expeditionary learning," teachers develop curriculum units that connect high-quality academic learning to adventure, service and character development through a series of linked, in-depth investigations and projects.
TRCS has a current enrollment of 165 students in grades K-8, up from 151 students in 2010-11. Class sizes are capped at 22.
Two Rivers Community School is located at 1018 Archie Carroll Road in Boone. For more information, call (828) 262-5411 or visit tworiverscommunityschool.net.
More information about the North Carolina's ABCs of Public Education may be found at abcs.ncpublicschools.org/abcs.