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ESEA Distinguished Schools Award Program

Previous Award Winners
Contact Information

Title I, Part A
360-725-6100
title1a@k12.wa.us

Washington state schools are selected by their State Education Agency for the ESEA Distinguished Schools Award. There were four recipients of the 2021–2022 ESEA Distinguished Schools Award, two schools were selected for national recognition and two schools were selected for state recognition. The schools chosen for national recognition will be honored at the National ESEA Conference.

These schools demonstrate a wide array of strengths, including team approaches to teaching and learning, focused professional development opportunities for staff, individualized programs for student success, and strong partnerships between the school, parents, and the community.  What makes ESEA Distinguished Schools’ stories especially powerful are the documented student achievement gains that have resulted from their collaborative and targeted efforts and innovations.

2021–22 Recipients

National Distinguished Schools

Jefferson Elementary
Pullman School District
Jim Bruce, Principal

Hilton Elementary
Zillah School District
Ryne Phillips, Principal

State Distinguished Schools

Rainier View Elementary
Seattle School District
Anitra Jones, Principal

Glenridge Elementary
Kent School District
Scott Abernathy, Principal

Distinguished Schools Program Criteria

The schools selected must qualify under one of the following categories:

  • Category 1: Exceptional student performance for two or more consecutive years
  • Category 2: Closing the achievement gap between student groups for two or more consecutive years
  • Category 3: Excellence in serving special populations of students (e.g. homeless, migrant, English learners, etc) 

Eligibility for the award is based on several factors, including:

  • Closing educational achievement and opportunity gaps
  • Positive academic achievement growth over multiple years in ELA and Mathematics as measured by standardized assessments
  • Poverty Percentage of schools above 45%
  • School student enrollment