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No Excuses: Sustaining Success at a Former Turnaround School

Turning around a low-performing school is no easy task – and sustaining that turnaround over the years to come can be just as challenging. In this video, teachers and school leaders from Evergreen Elementary School in Spanaway, Washington explain how the implementation of a “No Excuses” model helped them improve and sustain their success over the long term. As teachers in the video explain, “We were a failing school and we stayed that way for a while”. But by changing their perspectives and taking on shared responsibility for school improvement, “we went from being the number 15 School in the district out of 15 elementaries to number 3, and we’ve just slowly progressed since then”.

Read a transcript of Evergreen Elementary School Transcript.

Read Evergreen Elementary School’s 2018 National Blue Ribbon School application.

Contact Information
Mr. Jamie Burnett, Principal at time of Nomination
1311 172nd Street East
Spanaway, WA, 98387-5916
(253) 683-8200

Student Demographics 2018
Number of students K-5 550
Students eligible for subsidized meals 65%
Limited English Proficient students 18%
Students receiving special ed services 10%
White students 35%
African American students 11%
Hispanic or Latino students 12%
Asian 8%
Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 8%
Two or more races 26%
Student mobility rate 24%