Shirland School is getting statewide recognition for its academic excellence.
The school, which serves students in Kindergarten through eighth grades, has been named a Featured School and will be recognized at the Raising Student Achievement Conference in St. Charles in December. The conference is held by the Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents and the Regional offices of Education and Intermediate Service Centers. The school district was given a $3,000 grant to attend the conference.
Shirland School achieved its record high scores in the Reading and Math sections of the ISAT in 2011 and 2012 and attributes some of its achievements to centering curriculum on reading.
"Reading is linked to social studies, it's linked to science, it's linked to math, and we've tried to kind of create a reading school centered around reading, and a professional community centered around reading," Shirland School Principal and Superintendent John Ulferts said.
The district has also been successful in securing approximately $116,235 in competitive grants over the last three years during times of deep budget cuts.
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