Alpena schools recognized

Breanna Domrase

Three Alpena schools have been recognized by The Michigan Department of Education  for their achievements. Alpena High School and Sanborn Elementary School were recognized as “reward” exemplar schools here in Michigan.

A reward school is a school with outstanding student achievement or growth over the past three years. To become a reward school the school must achieve one of the following: be top 5% of schools on the Overall School Rankings, be top 5% of schools making the greatest gains in achievement, or outperform the school’s predicted ranking and/or similar schools.

The state superintendent, Brian J. Whiston, also congratulated Thunder Bay Junior High School for being removed from “focus school” in a letter to Alpena Public Schools Superintendent, Dr. John VanWagoner. Being removed from a “focus school” means that the school has successfully closed the gap between the lowest and highest performing students.