Tryon Elementary named Second Top School in North Carolina
On October 31, 2013, Tryon Elementary was recognized by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction’s Federal Programs Division as a reward school for North Carolina’s Title I Distinguished Schools for the school year 2012-2013. A “reward” school is a Title 1 school that, based on the most recent data available, has been identified as among the highest ten percent (10%) of all Title 1 schools in one of two categories. It is a school that has: sustained the highest performance on student achievement over a number of years; or made the most progress in improving student achievement over a number of years. Out of 81 schools in this category all across the state of North Carolina, Tryon Elementary came in second place in the category of “sustained high performance on student achievement over a number of years”. The school received a banner to display in our library hall.
The process was quite lengthy. We received notification in August. We began to complete the application by writing five essays: the first described our student population; the second was a description of our curriculum and instruction, programs, strategies, activities, best practices and sustainability; the third was how we offered professional development in our district; the fourth was our collaboration efforts with family and community; and the fifth was what we are doing that is innovative, and how we are a model for other schools. We also included our Partnering Agency Certifications in order to show the support we receive from this wonderful community in which we live. Our students and staff would not be as successful without the support they give us. After submission of this application, we were visited in early October for a site visit by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. We knew at that point that we had a chance to win this honor. A site visit is a prerequisite for winning. We are very proud to be second in the whole state. A school in Haywood County won first place.
Last year, Tryon Elementary School was nominated for the prestigious Title One Distinguished School Award by continuing, for the past two consecutive years, to rank high in the category of Sustained High Performance. We placed in the top 10 of all schools in North Carolina. We are very proud of this achievement. We received a substantial amount of money for this award. With that award money, we purchased one chromebook cart with 25 chromebooks for fifth grade, two iPad carts with 25 iPads each for Kindergarten through fourth grades, Smartboard technology, and book sets for our Book Nook.
The National Title I Distinguished Schools program recognizes exemplary Title I schools
that hold students to high standards and demonstrate exemplary school effectiveness in:
• teaching and learning based on the approved state curriculum,
• use of research-based instructional strategies,
• opportunities provided for all students to achieve,
• established partnerships with parents, families, and the community,
• implementation of sustained research-based professional development, and
• innovation and modeling for other schools.
More stories, information, and resources about the program are available on the web at