Sleepy Hollow Wins 'Breakthrough School' National Honor

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Sleepy Hollow High School has been named a "Breakthrough School." Photo Credit: File

SLEEPY HOLLOW, N.Y. -- Sleepy Hollow has been named one of nine "Breakthrough Schools" nationally by the MetLife Foundation and the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

The MetLife Foundation-NASSP Breakthrough Schools program showcases middle level and high schools that are high achieving or have dramatically improved student achievement while serving large numbers of students who live in poverty.

“NASSP applauds these schools for understanding the need to prioritize personalization in the classroom and working to meet the specific needs of each and every student,” NASSP Executive Director JoAnn Bartoletti said in a statement. “The principals of these schools show us all that hardships do not have to mean low achievement, but that with the right leadership, sufficient time and a clear focus, urban, rural and suburban schools can make great strides in academic achievement and overall school success.”

Carol Conklin-Spillane is Sleepy Hollow's principal.

Selection criteria for the award are based on a school’s documented success in implementing strategies that are aligned with the three core areas of NASSP’s Breaking Ranks Framework, including collaborative leadership, personalization, and curriculum, instruction, and assessment.

These Breakthrough Schools have shown continuous growth on state assessments during at least the last three years and made progress toward reducing the achievement gap. Success in implementing the strategies is documented and verified through school site visits, including meetings with principals, teachers, students and community leaders.

The Breakthrough Schools will each receive a $5,000 grant and their principals will have the opportunity to participate in Ignite ’14 and other events throughout the year to share their experiences and successes with other school leaders around the nation.

For more information on the Breakthrough Schools program and this year’s winners, visit the NASSP website..

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