Belvedere Elementary, National Title I Distinguished School
Belvedere Elementary School has been named a National Title 1 Distinguished School for 2017 by the National Title 1 Association. Belvedere Elementary, a Fairfax County public school, was one of two schools nominated for the honor by the Virginia Board of Education.
National Title 1 Distinguished Schools are recognized for exceptional student achievement; only 100 schools nationwide are selected for the honor. Schools are recognized in one of three categories:
- Exceptional student performance for two consecutive years.
- Closing the achievement gap between student groups.
- Excellence in serving special populations of students.
To qualify for the award, a school must have a poverty rate of at least 35 percent for each of the two most current consecutive schools years; demonstrated high academic achievement for that period; and obtained full state accreditation for that period.
The National Title 1 Association implemented the National Title 1 Distinguished Schools Program to highlight selected schools that have successfully used their Title 1 federal funds to improve the education for economically disadvantaged students.