Awards & Recognitions

West Point School Division

West Point Elementary School
2016 Title I Highly Distinguished School

2015 Board of Education Distinguished Achievement Award

West Point Middle School
"Schools to Watch" Distinction

West Point High School
2015 Outstanding High School Principal of Virginia

2015 Best W!se High Schools Teaching Personal Finance

2015 Board of Education Excellence Award

2012 Blue Ribbon School

One of Eleven High Schools in the State Selected for Study of Academic Success
The International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE) is conducting a research study on behalf of the Virginia Department of Education to identify school policies and instructional practices that are associated with student success across a number of high school indicators.Results from this study will be used to help identify common factors that lead to high performance on statewide assessments and other factors associated with success among all student populations in the school.
West Point High School was chosen to participate because of its high performance on state assessments, success with state accreditation and meeting Adequate Yearly Progress targets over the last two years, and other performance factors.

Division Awards and Recognitions
2016 Highly Distinguished Title I School Division -
four consecutive years

2015 Board of Education Excellence Award

What Parents Want
West Point wins National "What Parents Want Award"
SchoolMatch,an independent, nationwide service, helps corporate employee families find schools that match the needs of their children. SchoolMatch also has conducted more than 1000 Educational Effectiveness Audits of school systems throughout the country and assists corporations with site selection studies.
SchoolMatch maintains information on every public school system throughout the nation. A separate database includes information on more than 14,000 accredited private schools throughout the world. The service is offered as an employee benefit by about 600 companies, including Office Depot, United Parcel Service, Ernst & Young, Hewlett Packard, KPMG Peat Marwick,Nationwide Insurance, PSI Energy and The Limited.
More than seven million parents accessed SchoolMatch services through a variety of website locations including national, regional, and local real estate firms, various multiple listing services, chambers of commerce, economic development offices, and other family oriented sites,as well as by personally contacting SchoolMatch's Columbus (OH) office in 2002. Parents often learn about the service from their corporate human resource office or through impartial media sources such as NBC's"Today Show," USA Today, Business Week, Good Housekeeping, CNN, Money Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Parents Magazine, Reader's Digest, Offspring Magazine and local news reports.

Selection Criteria

A close match to what SchoolMatch users most often request. Compilation of over 95,000 parent questionnaires completed by SchoolMatch clients reveals parents most often look for school systems that are:
» Accredited
» Competitive test scores
» Known for small class size
» Competitive in teacher salaries
» Recognized for excellence by a national foundation
» Academically solid but not so rigorous as to intimidate children
» Recognized for excellence by the U.S. Department of Education
» Above average instructional expenditures based on national percentile
Availability of programs at the secondary level. Since relocating parents often focus upon finding a school system that produces a certain quality of"end product" (a high school graduate), only school systems that provide secondary school programs are eligible for the award.
A March 1, 2005, search of the twenty-two field SchoolMatch Database revealed that only 14.5% of the nation's public schools consistently provide "What Parents Want" in public education. The SchoolMatch staff of school experts salutes those school districts which are meeting the needs and desires of both students and parents.
Corporations and consumers use SchoolMatch when moving across town, up-grading residences, relocating to a new area, when negotiating child custody issues and for general information about schools.
School administrators use SchoolMatch to focus on goals for school system improvement based upon the performance of other "mean matched" schools, a method of comparing their school system with those that have similar characteristics. SchoolMatch has successfully conducted more than 1000 Educational Effectiveness Audits of school systems throughout the country.

Money Magazine's Top 100 Schools
A January, 1995 Money Magazine feature article entitled "100 Top Schools in Towns You Can Afford" highlighted West Point Schools.
Money correspondents interviewed over 300 administrators, teachers and parents across the nation. A consulting firm helped examine various demographics. The results rendered the following commonalties:
Involved parents
Enthusiastic teachers
High expectations for all students
Innovative but not trendy administrators
Widespread community support for public education

State Resolution

House Joint Resolution No. 298
Commending West Point Public Schools
Agreed to by the House of Delegates 2/2/96
Agreed to by the Senate, February 8, 1996
The following is reprinted, in part, from the official document.
The West Point Public Schools made a list containing schools that compare favorably with selective private prep schools by performance on SAT and ACT tests.
WHEREAS, more significantly, West Point schools scored well on the educational excellence criteria with above-average test scores and percentages of graduates pursuing higher education exceeding 85. West Point Schools are to be commended for their successful and ongoing efforts to provide quality education to the children of their communities.
RESOLVED by the House of Delegates, the Senate concurring, That the General Assembly congratulate the West Point Public Schools for their recent recognition in the January 1996 issue of MONEY magazine as being among the elite school systems in the nation; and, be it RESOLVED FURTHER, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates prepare a copy of this resolution for presentation to Jane Massey-Wilson, Superintendent of West Point Public Schools as an expression of the General Assembly's support for the successful efforts to improve public education in the Commonwealth.

"Virginia Report Card"

West Point Schools were named in a FamilyFoundation publication entitled: "Virginia Education Report Card - A report on the status of Public Education in Virginia and What Works."
West Point Schools were cited as being one of four top performing school divisions in the state. Commonalities among the top systems are:
Small class size
High expectations
Grouping for achievement
Testing and diagnostic practices
Focus on basics and core curriculum
Teaching phonics vs. whole language at the elementary level
The Family Foundation is a Virginia-based think tank dedicated to strengthening the family through research, education, citizen empowerment and public policy activities.
Cheri Pierson Yecke, a federal education official and former secretary of education for the state of Virginia that was recently appointed as Minnesota’s education commissioner wrote the report.