Neah Bay Elementary | Pathways to Excellence
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Neah Bay Elementary

Explore Neah Bay Elementary's story through an interactive essay and videos.

Pathways - ToppenishHS
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Toppenish High School

2013 Pathways to Excellence Winner.

Pathways: Hudtloff Middle School
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Hudtloff Middle School

2013 Pathways to Excellence Winner.


  • Neah Bay Elementary, Neah Bay          Watch on YouTube

    Something special is happening at Neah Bay Elementary, in the heart of the Makah Nation. Several years ago, the school embarked on a journey to increase the academic achievement of all its students, in all grades and in all subject areas. The staff’s efforts to support every student in meeting high academic expectations have led to incredible strides; Neah Bay Elementary students exceeded Washington state standards in five of the eight areas in which the state tested in spring 2012. READ MORE

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  • Toppenish High School, Toppenish         Watch on YouTube

    When it comes to helping historically under served students realize their potential, Toppenish High School is bucking state and national trends. Eighty-eight percent of the school’s students are Latino and 8 percent are American Indian. One hundred percent qualify for free or reduced-price lunches. While many schools and districts have not been able to create opportunities for success for Latino or American Indian students or those from low-income families, Toppenish High is helping all of its students excel, with a graduation rate of nearly 90 percent. READ MORE

  • Hudtloff Middle School, Lakewood         Watch on YouTube

    Oftentimes, accomplished schools do not meet the needs of historically underserved populations. Lakewood’s Hudtloff Middle School, on the other hand, has steadily fostered notable success for all its students. Maureen David, former principal of Hudtloff, credits a staff that has come together around a fundamental belief in the children’s abilities. High expectations backed by close, collaborative teaching and continuous review of student data mean great opportunities to excel for all, including the children from low-income families who make up 66 percent of the student body. “We don’t accept anything that wouldn’t be good enough for our own children,” explains David. “If you don’t expect the best from a student, regardless of their background, you are doing them a disservice.” READ MORE




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