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.
Mr. Jamie Burnett, Principal at time of Nomination
1311 172nd Street East
Spanaway, WA, 98387-5916
|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%|
|African American students||11%|
|Hispanic or Latino students||12%|
|Two or more races||26%|
|Student mobility rate||24%|