Bellingham’s own Lowell Elementary School was named a “Recognized School” for the 2017-2018 school year by the Washington State Board of Education. One of 216 total schools and 137 elementary schools honored statewide, Lowell was chosen for narrowing the gap between its highest and lowest performing student groups, as well as for its growth according to the Washington School Improvement Framework, which includes academic outcomes, opportunities to learn, and student engagement data.
Washington state has recently updated its system for recognizing and celebrating schools’ achievement, placing more emphasis on schools that are making progress closing achievement gaps among student groups, the state website said, as well as honoring schools that have lower levels of achievement but are seeing high levels of progress.
Like all schools in Bellingham, Lowell has a diverse population of students with individual needs. It also hosts a special education program called BRIDGES.
“This award is validation that the course we are on is the right one,” Lowell principal Mary Sepler said. “We’ve worked hard as a staff to be equitable and inclusive in our practices, and we’re seeing the results in individual students’ growth. We work hard to provide the necessary support for all children, so that all children can be in a place to learn and grow.”
Congratulations to the committed staff of Lowell Elementary School, who exemplify The Bellingham Promise in their work. The only other honored schools in Whatcom County are Blaine Elementary in Blaine, Cascadia Elementary in Ferndale and Acme Elementary in Acme.
You can find out more information about the state’s new recognition system for schools here.