Quincy's Dewey Elementary School is one of a kind in Illinois, earning top honors from the Illinois State Board of Education.
The school has been recognized as a "Spotlight School" for the 10th straight year. The award goes to high poverty schools where academic performance is closing the achievement gap.
The ISBE noted that Dewey is the only school in the entire state that's made the list every year since the program was established in 2003.
School Principal Krista Finklea credits team work on the part of her staff for helping earn the award each year.
"They've had lots of experience in professional and development intervention so when they are working with those kids that are struggling they know exactly how to boost them up and we work as a team, kindergarten through third grade with our families to make it the best school possible," Finklea said.
The ISBE named 105 schools as spotlight schools. To get the award, the schools must have at least half it's students enrolled as low income, and make AYP for the last two years.
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