Four Tacoma schools earn 2016 ‘School of Distinction’ award

Wilson HS becomes first high school to make prestigious list six years in a row

9/28/2016 | TACOMA, Washington

​Four Tacoma schools—Wilson High School, Geiger Montessori School, Lincoln High School and Science and Math Institute (SAMI)—earn 2016 School of Distinction awards for ranking in the top 5 percent of Washington schools for increasing academic achievement.

Wilson is the only school in the state to win this award for an unprecedented sixth year in a row. This is the second year on the list for both Geiger and Lincoln, and the first for SAMI, one of Tacoma Public Schools’ innovative high schools.

The School of Distinction designation recognizes the top 5 percent of schools showing improvement over five years. Middle schools are rated based on increases in math and reading scores, while high schools are ranked based on graduation rates. Overall, 94 schools in Washington earned this award.

“We are thrilled! It’s such an honor to be chosen for the Washington School of Distinction Award,” said Carla Santorno, Superintendent. “As a district we’ve set very specific and measurable goals. Our talented educators are creating systems for outstanding, sustained improvement and this award is another confirmation we’re on the right path.”

The 2016 School of Distinction awards is sponsored by The Center for Educational Effectiveness, the Association of Educational Service Districts, the Association of Washington School Principals, Washington Association of School Administrators and the Washington State School Directors’ Association.

The Puget Sound Educational Service District will host an awards ceremony to recognize the School of Distinction award winners at a later date.

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