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Chadwick, Charlesmont Elementary Schools Claim Blue Ribbons

The two schools, both in the Title I program, were among six winners across the state.

Two Baltimore County public schools were among six selected throughout the state to be named 2013 Maryland Blue Ribbon Schools.

The wins for Chadwick Elementary School in Woodlawn and Charlesmont Elementary School in Dundalk are particularly notable because they are both Title I schools, designated as such for their high populations of students from economically disadvantaged families and communities. Title I schools receive additional funding and resources to reduce the achievement gap.

"The success of these schools proves once again that family income does not determine academic achievement," said Superintendent Dallas Dance in a statement. "Great teachers and principals, involved parents, a strong academic program, and engaged students make all the difference. High academic achievement is our goal for every student in every school. Chadwick and Charlesmont help us achieve that and set an example of how to raise the bar."

A news release from Baltimore County Public Schools points to the high performance from both schools on standardized tests as a demonstration of their strong academics programs.

Maryland Blue Ribbon Schools are determined by standards set by the Maryland State Department of Education and the United States Department of Education.

Chadwick and Charlesmont are now contenders for National Blue Ribbons, the release states. The winners of this designation will be announced by the United States Department of Education in September.

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jack friese December 20, 2012 at 07:00 PM
My son is in Chadwick pre K. Mrs Issacs has all the elements required for the children to learn and grow. The classroom layout gives immediate impression this is a class room that encourages learning, respect and kindess of their peers. I had the opportunity to observe my son in this learning incubator, and all I can say is WOW- great job! Ms. Mufti the assitant is very involved with the kids and the learning process. She is very helpful in promoting a healthy learning situation with the twenty of so children in my sons class. Ms. Swan the school nurse keeps an eye out and is so very kind to all the children. Thank you Ms. Swan! I publicly wish to thank Mrs. Hess for the opportunity this school and staff provides to all the children. The two Secretaries (both named Barbara) are always so helpful. Let me give you one of many examples. My son forgot something and I called the school to ask if I could drop it off. They said "no problem drop it off". Another example.My son missed his class photo. Ms. Dunn Rodgers overheard the discusion. In 5 minutes Mr. Fredrick appreared in the office w/digital. A great photo The tears turned to a smile. A great job, much appreciated by a 4 year old and his family. The photo is one of his most treasured possessions. Thanks! Dr. Dance, this wonderful school is no accident. Pass my thanks along to your staff. Although, Respectfully Sir, I think the security needs to be beefed up! Happy Holidays & peace

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