Jefferson-Houston PreK-8 IB School Fully Accredited for First Time in 10 Years
Jefferson-Houston PreK-8 IB School will be fully accredited for the 2019-20 school year for the first time in over 10 years.
The Virginia Department of Education announced that all ACPS schools, including Jefferson-Houston, an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, met the state benchmark for accreditation.
“This is a new beginning for Jefferson-Houston. It has been a long journey and taken much from many people to get us to today. We want to make sure we build on this work and continue to make Jefferson-Houston the best place it can possibly be,” said principal MScott Berkowitz.
The ACPS accreditation results are presented through the new state accountability system introduced in 2018 that measures student growth over the course of a school year as well as overall achievement.
“This is a new beginning for Jefferson-Houston that is taking us on a path to becoming a premier school. This kind of success doesn’t happen by chance, nor does it happen overnight. It happens through hard work, planning, preparation and dedication for all students to experience success regardless of their life circumstances,” said Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Gregory C. Hutchings, Jr.
Jefferson-Houston has made rapid progress over the past six years. Last year it moved out of the accreditation denied status to be accredited with conditions. Student success on state reading tests has increased by 28 points. Math scores on state assessments have increased by 26 points, and science scores by 36 points. The student population has increased by 64 percent and the school has been transformed into a community school with passionate advocates and partners.
While the accreditation result is positive for ACPS, the school division is also aware that it still has work to do in some key areas such as reading. Reading will be a key focus area for ACPS this school year. ACPS is currently focused on tackling inequities within the school division that can have an impact on the results that students achieve. ACPS will be working to remove barriers for students so that they are provided the support necessary to achieve within ACPS and beyond.
Jefferson-Houston offers both an IB Primary Years and Middle Years Programme, which encourages students to think independently, drive their own learning, work cooperatively with others and draw connections between what they are learning in the classroom and the real world.