School and Jackson Elementary School in the Duneland School Corporation and
Saint Patrick School in Chesterton were among the 311 schools that received
the Indiana Department of Education’s 4-Star School award for 2012-2013.
Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz announced the schools this
morning, according to a press release from the DOE.
In order to achieve
this designation, a school must be in the top 25th percentile of schools in
three ISTEP-based categories for each grade level in which it tested at
least 10 students.
“I am honored to
name these schools as our Four Star Schools for this year,” said Ritz in
congratulating the schools. “Winning this award required excellent work by
teachers, administrators, students and parents throughout the year and on
behalf of the entire Indiana Department of Education I send them my sincere
Superintendent of Schools Dave Pruis said the administration is pleased by
the efforts of students, staff and parents. “For a high school of our size,
I think it speaks well,” he said.
CHS received a
4-star rating last year. “It’s quite an accomplishment having that two years
in a row,” Pruis said.
Pruis said he is
proud of all students and staff in Duneland and the school corporation will
continue in its goal to achieve excellent performance on ISTEP+ testing. He
also mentioned Porter County was well represented on the state’s list and
congratulated those schools.
Other schools in
Porter County that got the award include: Valparaiso High School, Ben
Franklin MS, Central Elementary, Memorial Elementary, Northview Elementary,
Thomas Jefferson MS, Saint Paul Catholic School, Wheeler HS, John Simatovich
Elementary, Kouts Elementary, Morgan Twp. Elementary, Morgan Twp. MS/HS,
Washington Twp. Elementary, Washington Twp. MS/HS, and Boone Grove-Porter