MIDDLEBURY -- The Indiana Department of Education has named Northridge Middle School a 2009-10 Four Star School.
The school is among the 188 of the state's 1,080 public schools to earn the distinction, which is determined by Adequate Yearly Progress and the percentage of students passing ISTEP tests in English/language arts and math in each grade tested.
Principal Robby Goodman said the school had received the honor several times but not in the last few years.
"Many key initiatives have come together over the last few years that have culminated in this award," he said. Goodman credited the staff's work in the professional learning community and the creation of intervention systems and courses that use student data to ensure learning gaps are filled in for those behind academically.
"We work hard to know each and every student in our school both academically and as a person," he said. "We are always looking for ways to further enhance our students' middle school experiences. The bottom line is, we have a staff that truly care about our students and students who truly care about their learning and their school."
In a release, Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Tony Bennett offered his congratulations to the Four Star schools.
"Today I offer sincere congratulations to Indiana's 2009-10 Four Star Schools as we celebrate their dedication to academics," Bennett said. "These schools set high expectations for their students on a daily basis, and as a result, students work hard and exceed those expectations. The students and teachers in these schools should be extremely proud of this honor, and I am confident they will continue down this path of success."