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SALT LAKE CITY — Utah's top-performing Title I schools were recognized Wednesday by the State Office of Education for their efforts at mitigating the challenges of high-poverty populations.
A total of 51 elementary and secondary schools across the state were selected for recognition by the state office. The schools represent the top 15 percent of Utah's Title I schools, a designation given to schools in high-poverty areas that also receive additional federal funding.
Ann White, Title I coordinator for the State Office of Education, said Utah's lowest-performing schools often receive attention, but it's nice to recognize the good work happening at the state's most challenged schools.
"Many of them are outperforming schools that are not as high in those poverty levels," she said. "They are schools that are doing very well in meeting their goals and increasing student achievement."
This year's Title I Reward Schools are:
• Central Elementary and Orem Junior High in the Alpine School District.
• Belknap Elementary, Milford Elementary and Minersville Elementary in the Beaver County School District.
• Birch Creek Elementary, Canyon Elementary, Heritage Elementary, Lewiston Elementary, Lincoln Elementary, Millville Elementary, Nibley Elementary, Park Elementary and Summit Elementary in the Cache County School District.
• Bruin Point Elementary in the Carbon School District.
• Ferron Elementary in the Emery County School District.
• Escalante Elementary and Panguitch Elementary in the Garfield County School District.
• Cedar North Elementary, Enoch Elementary, Escalante Valley Elementary, Parowan Elementary and Three Peaks Elementary in the Iron County School District.
• Kanab Elementary in the Kane County School District.
• Morgan Elementary in the Morgan County School District.
• McMillan Elementary in the Murray School District.
• Goshen Elementary in the Nebo School District.
• Spring City Elementary in the North Sanpete School District.
• Amelia Earhart Elementary and Provost Elementary in the Provo School District.
• South Rich Elementary in the Rich School District.
• Ashley Elementary in the Uintah School District.
• Hurricane Elementary, Springdale Elementary and Sunset Elementary in the Washington County School District.
• Plus charter schools Academy for Math, Engineering and Science, Bear River Charter School, Canyon Rim Academy, Channing Hall, Freedom Preparatory Academy, Intech Collegiate High School, Legacy Preparatory Academy, North Star Academy, Northern Utah Academy for Math, Engineering and Science, Providence Hall, Reagan Academy, Salt Lake Arts Academy, Soldier Hollow Charter, Summit Academy, Syracuse Arts Academy and Wasatch Peak Academy.