Wynnebrook ES, Osceola Creek MS Honored as Tops in Urban School Transformation

Wynnebrook Elementary School has been recognized as one of only four  Gold Award Winners by the National Center for Urban School Transformation (NCUST). NCUST seeks out to find the nation’s highest-performing urban schools.

“These schools have demonstrated multiple evidences of outstanding achievement for every demographic group they serve, even though they serve low-income communities in urban school districts, and they do not utilize selective admissions policies. In other words, they serve typical urban students and achieve atypical learning results,” according to the NCUST website.

After analyzing student data, and an extensive school visit by a group of esteemed educators from around the country, Wynnebrook Elementary School was selected to be a finalist for America’s Best Urban School, and was invited to the annual symposium in Nashville to present systems and strategies that have provided success for their school.

Led by Principal Suzanne Berry, district Instructional Superintendent Jeff Pegg, and a team of teachers from the school, Wynnebrook received the Gold Award which came along with a check for $5,000, a plaque and banner for the school, and an opportunity to contribute to a book about America’s Best Urban Schools.

Five students in fifth grade also submitted student speeches talking about how Wynnebrook has influenced their lives, and student Haneen Assaf was awarded a check for $200.

Also recognized was Osceola Creek Middle School, which was one of 145 schools nationwide to receive a Bronze Award. The school was presented with a $1,000 award at the Nashville symposium.

“I am incredibly proud of the staff, students, and administration of Osceola Creek Middle School. This award recognizes the efforts of our entire staff,” said Principal Nicole Daly. “The entire experience has been gratifying because this staff works so hard to meet the needs of each and every student.”