3 Midlothian schools earn prestigious award from Gov. Northam

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Governor Ralph Northam and the state Board of Education announced today that 349 schools and 16 school divisions earned 2018 Virginia Index of Performance (VIP) awards for advanced learning and achievement. The VIP program recognizes schools and divisions that exceed state and federal accountability standards and achieve excellence goals established by the Governor and the Board of Education.


“The teachers, principals and support staff in these schools share a commitment to academic excellence and meeting the needs of every learner,” said Governor Northam. “I congratulate our educators, school administrators, and the students of these great schools for achieving the Commonwealth’s highest award for schoolwide excellence.”


The schools and school divisions earning 2018 VIP awards — which are based on student achievement and other performance indicators during 2016-2017 — include:

  • 14 schools that earned the Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence
  • One division and 133 schools that earned the Board of Education Excellence Award
  • 15 divisions and 202 schools that earned the Board of Education Distinguished Achievement Award

“Once again we see that so many of our schools and divisions outperform our academic standards — standards that set the bar for the rest of the country,” said Secretary of Education Atif Qarni. “I commend and celebrate the students, teachers, and support staff for their dedication and commitment to personal and professional achievement.”


2018 Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence


Fourteen schools earned the Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence, the highest VIP award. These schools are as follows:

  • Arlington County — Arlington Traditional, Jamestown Elementary and Swanson Middle
  • Chesterfield County — Bettie Weaver Elementary, Cosby High and Robious Elementary
  • Fairfax County — Cooper Middle, Franklin Middle, Keene Mill Elementary, Longfellow Middle and Rocky Run Middle
  • Loudoun County — J. Michael Lunsford Middle
  • Roanoke — Crystal Spring Elementary
  • Virginia Beach — Great Neck Middle


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