Saluda Elementary and Tryon Elementary were two of only 14 schools across the state chosen as finalists for the state’s Title I Distinguished School award.

Each year, North Carolina is permitted to select two Title I schools to represent the state at the national level in two categories: high performance for two or more consecutive years and high progress. Saluda Elementary and Tryon Elementary met the eligibility requirements for consideration for the National Title I Distinguished Schools Award in both of these categories.

The 14 schools were recognized at a ceremony in Greensboro on October 26. Union Elementary School in Shalotte and Clear Creek Elementary in Hendersonville were chosen as the state represenatives for the national competition.

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.