Governor McAuliffe, Board of Education announce 2015 Virginia Index of Performance Awards

virginiaGovernor Terry McAuliffe and the state Board of Education announced last week that 252 schools and four school divisions earned 2015 Virginia Index of Performance (VIP) awards for advanced learning and achievement. The VIP incentive program recognizes schools and divisions that exceed state and federal accountability standards and achieve excellence goals established by the governor and the board.

“These schools and divisions are laboratories for innovation that are preparing young Virginians to compete and succeed in a new Virginia economy,” Governor McAuliffe said. “I congratulate the students, teachers, principals, and communities whose efforts have turned their schools into leaders in training the workforce of the future.”

The schools and school divisions earning 2015 VIP awards — which are based on student achievement and other performance indicators during 2013-2014 — include:

  • Six schools that earned the Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence;
  • Two divisions and 109 schools that earned the Board of Education Excellence Award; and
  • Two divisions and 137 schools that earned the Board of Education Distinguished Achievement Award.


2015 Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence

Six schools — Williamsburg Middle in Arlington County; Carson Middle, Longfellow Middle and Rocky Run Middle in Fairfax County; Short Pump Middle in Henrico County; and Crystal Spring Elementary in Roanoke — earned the Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence, the highest VIP award. This was Rocky Run Middle’s sixth consecutive Governor’s Award.

To earn the Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence, schools and school divisions must meet all state and federal achievement benchmarks and achieve all applicable excellence goals for elementary reading, enrollment in Algebra I by the eighth grade, enrollment in college-level courses, high school graduation, attainment of advanced diplomas, increased attainment of career and industry certifications, and, if applicable, participation in the Virginia Preschool Initiative.


2015 Board of Education Excellence Awards

Falls Church Public Schools, West Point Public Schools and 109 schools earned the Board of Education Excellence Award, the second-tier honor in the VIP program. These divisions and schools also met all state and federal accountability benchmarks and made significant progress toward goals for increased student achievement and expanded educational opportunities set by the board.

The schools receiving Board of Education Excellence Awards are as follows:

  • Albemarle County — Hollymead Elementary, Joseph T. Henley Middle and Virginia L. Murray Elementary
  • Amherst County — Temperance Elementary
  • Arlington County — Arlington Science Focus School, Arlington Traditional, Glebe Elementary, Jamestown Elementary, McKinley Elementary, Nottingham Elementary and Tuckahoe Elementary
  • Chesapeake — Hickory High
  • Chesterfield County — Bettie Weaver Elementary, Cosby High, Grange Hall Elementary, Greenfield Elementary, Midlothian High, Robious Elementary, Winterpock Elementary and Woolridge Elementary
  • Fairfax County — Canterbury Woods Elementary, Chantilly High, Chesterbrook Elementary, Churchill Road Elementary, Colvin Run Elementary, Cooper Middle, Flint Hill Elementary, Floris Elementary, Forestville Elementary, Great Falls Elementary, Greenbriar West Elementary, Haycock Elementary, Hunt Valley Elementary, Hunters Woods Elementary for the Arts and Sciences, Keene Mill Elementary, Kent Gardens Elementary, Langley High, Lemon Road Elementary, Madison High, Mantua Elementary, McLean High, Mosby Woods Elementary, Navy Elementary, Oak Hill Elementary, Oakton Elementary, Oakton High, Poplar Tree Elementary, Robinson Secondary, Sangster Elementary, Spring Hill Elementary, Springfield Estates Elementary, Sunrise Valley Elementary, Thomas Jefferson High for Science and Technology, West Springfield Elementary, West Springfield High, White Oaks Elementary, Willow Springs Elementary, Wolftrap Elementary and Woodson High
  • Falls Church — George Mason High
  • Franklin County — Boones Mill Elementary
  • Goochland County — Goochland Elementary
  • Hanover County — Cool Spring Elementary and Pearson’s Corner Elementary
  • Henrico County — David A. Kaechele Elementary, Deep Run High, Echo Lake Elementary, Nuckols Farm Elementary, Pocahontas Middle, Rivers Edge Elementary, Shady Grove Elementary, Short Pump Elementary and Three Chopt Elementary
  • Isle of Wight County — Carrsville Elementary
  • Loudoun County — Aldie Elementary, Belmont Ridge Middle, Belmont Station Elementary, Eagle Ridge Middle, Emerick Elementary, Farmwell Station Middle, Hillside Elementary, J. Michael Lunsford Middle, Kenneth W. Culbert Elementary, Legacy Elementary, Lowes Island Elementary, Mill Run Elementary, Newton-Lee Elementary and Rosa Lee Carter Elementary
  • Montgomery County — Gilbert Linkous Elementary, Harding Avenue Elementary and Kipps Elementary
  • Norfolk — Larchmont Elementary
  • Prince William County — Mary G. Porter Traditional, Mountain View Elementary, Old Bridge Elementary, Pennington School and Thurgood Marshall Elementary
  • Roanoke County — Back Creek Elementary and Cave Spring High
  • Scott County — Fort Blackmore Primary
  • Virginia Beach — Great Neck Middle, John B. Dey Elementary, Kemps Landing/Old Donation School, Kingston Elementary, Red Mill Elementary and Thoroughgood Elementary
  • West Point — West Point High
  • Williamsburg-James City County — Matoaka Elementary
  • York County — Coventry Elementary

“These awards convey the Board of Education’s deep gratitude to the thousands of teachers, principals and other educators whose efforts are enabling more and more of the commonwealth’s students and schools to meet higher standards for learning and achievement,” Board of Education President Christian N. Braunlich said. “The awards also recognize successful efforts to increaseopportunities for students and address non-academic factors such as health and nutrition.”


2015 Board of Education Distinguished Achievement Awards

The Board of Education Distinguished Achievement Award was earned by two divisions — Poquoson Public Schools and Roanoke County Public Schools — and 137 schools that met all state and federal benchmarks and made progress toward the goals of the governor and the board.

The schools receiving Distinguished Achievement awards are as follows:

  • Alexandria — Lyles-Crouch Elementary
  • Alleghany County — Sharon Elementary
  • Arlington County — Henry Elementary, Long Branch Elementary and Yorktown High
  • Augusta County — Riverheads High
  • Bath County — Millboro Elementary
  • Bedford County — Otter River Elementary
  • Botetourt County — Cloverdale Elementary
  • Charlottesville — Greenbrier Elementary
  • Chesapeake — Butts Road Intermediate, Butts Road Primary, Great Bridge Intermediate, Great Bridge Primary and Hickory Middle
  • Chesterfield County — Bon Air Elementary, C.C. Wells Elementary, J.B. Watkins Elementary, Midlothian Middle, Tomahawk Creek Middle and W.W. Gordon Elementary
  • Dinwiddie County — Midway Elementary
  • Fairfax County — Camelot Elementary, Cherry Run Elementary, Crossfield Elementary, Fairhill Elementary, Franklin Middle, Frost Middle, Irving Middle, Kilmer Middle, Lake Braddock Secondary, Laurel Ridge Elementary, Lees Corner Elementary, Liberty Middle, Oak View Elementary, Sherman Elementary, Silverbrook Elementary, Stenwood Elementary, Stratford Landing Elementary, Thoreau Middle, Vienna Elementary, Wakefield Forest Elementary, Waples Mill Elementary and Westbriar Elementary
  • Falls Church — Mary Ellen Henderson Middle
  • Fauquier County — C. Hunter Ritchie Elementary and Kettle Run High
  • Floyd County — Floyd Elementary
  • Franklin County — Callaway Elementary and Snow Creek Elementary
  • Hanover County — Atlee High, Chickahominy Middle, Kersey Creek Elementary and Rural Point Elementary
  • Henrico County — Colonial Trail Elementary, Gayton Elementary, Glen Allen High, Greenwood Elementary, Jackson Davis Elementary, Springfield Park Elementary and Twin Hickory Elementary
  • King George County — Potomac Elementary
  • Lee County — St. Charles Elementary
  • Lexington — Lylburn Downing Middle
  • Loudoun County — Briar Woods High, Evergreen Mill Elementary, Freedom High, Hamilton Elementary, Horizon Elementary, John Champe High, Lincoln Elementary, Little River Elementary, Mercer Middle, Moorefield Station Elementary, Pinebrook Elementary, Round Hill Elementary, Sanders Corner Elementary, Stone Bridge High, Sycolin Creek Elementary, Waterford Elementary and Woodgrove High
  • Montgomery County — Margaret Beeks Elementary
  • Norfolk — Walter Herron Taylor Elementary
  • Page County — Springfield Elementary
  • Pittsylvania County — Tunstall High
  • Powhatan County — Powhatan Elementary
  • Prince George County — L.L. Beazley Elementary
  • Prince William County — A. Henderson Elementary, Antietam Elementary, Battlefield High, Buckland Mills Elementary, Cedar Point Elementary, Gainesville Middle, Glenkirk Elementary, J.W. Alvey Elementary, Louise A. Benton Middle, Signal Hill Elementary, T. Clay Wood Elementary, Victory Elementary and Westridge Elementary
  • Pulaski County — Snowville Elementary
  • Richmond — Mary Munford Elementary and Open High
  • Roanoke — Highland Park Elementary
  • Roanoke County — Cave Spring Middle, Clearbrook Elementary, Fort Lewis Elementary, Glenvar High, Green Valley Elementary, Hidden Valley High, Hidden Valley Middle, Oak Grove Elementary and Penn Forest Elementary
  • Rockbridge County — Mountain View Elementary
  • Rockingham County — East Rockingham High, South River Elementary and Spotswood High
  • Salem — West Salem Elementary
  • Scott County — Yuma Elementary
  • Spotsylvania County — Chancellor Elementary
  • Stafford County — Garrisonville Elementary and Mountain View High
  • Virginia Beach — Creeds Elementary, North Landing Elementary, Princess Anne Middle, Strawbridge Elementary and Trantwood Elementary
  • Washington County — High Point Elementary and Watauga Elementary
  • Waynesboro — Westwood Hills Elementary
  • West Point — West Point Elementary
  • Wise County — Central High, Coeburn Primary, Eastside High and St. Paul Elementary
  • York County — Mount Vernon Elementary and Tabb Elementary

“I encourage all of the schools and divisions earning awards to take time before the close of the school year to celebrate their success,” Superintendent of Public Instruction Steven R. Staples said. “Schools succeed unless students are successful, and each of these awards highlights a school where young Virginians are being well prepared for the challenges ahead.”

More information about the VIP incentive program for schools and school divisions is available on the VDOE website:


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