10 Knox County Schools designated as Tennessee Reward Schools

10 Knox County Schools designated as Tennessee Reward Schools

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Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre called for a standing ovation of the South-Doyle teachers, where officials made the announcement. Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre called for a standing ovation of the South-Doyle teachers, where officials made the announcement.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Ten Knox County Schools are in the state's top five percent for annual growth and the top five percent for academic achievement, officials announced Monday.

Ten percent of schools in Tennessee are designated as Reward Schools for the 2011-12 school year.

Knox County's Reward Schools are:

  • Bearden Elementary
  • Carter Elementary
  • Corryton Elementary
  • Gap Creek Elementary
  • Ritta Elementary
  • Sequoyah Elementary
  • Shannondale Elementary
  • South-Doyle Middle
  • Whittle Springs Middle
  • Powell High

Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre called for a standing ovation of the South-Doyle teachers, where Knox County officials made the announcement.

South-Doyle Middle School Principal Beth Blevins says their recognition was well deserved. "The teachers, the community worked really, really hard and this was really nice to reap the benefits of all that hard work," she said.

"It's a really exciting day for us in Knox County Schools and it's great to celebrate success among so many of our Knox County Schools," Dr. McIntyre said.

He also says other schools can learn from South-Doyle Middle's culture and hard work in the classroom. "It's a great learning atmosphere and I think that's one of the things we can take away from a place like SDMS is having that focus and a culture that really focuses on high quality instruction every day," he said.

Dr. McIntyre says he hopes the hard work continues and even more school are eventually added to the Reward Schools list .

Gov. Bill Haslam shared the reward school list to several schools via satellite. He said he was proud of the teachers, staff and students at each of the top performing schools.

A total of 169 schools in Tennessee are Reward Schools for this school year. The entire list is available on the Department of Education's website.

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