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Hudtloff Middle School, Lakewood

June 27, 2014
Lakewood’s Hudtloff Middle Schoo 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.

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.”

All students at Hudtloff have the opportunity to shine. In fact, low-income students at Hudtloff have experienced an upward trend of success. Their scores in reading, writing, math and science surpass state averages and continue to climb.

The State Board of Education Achievement Index has identified Hudtloff as an Exemplary School, and its success has so impressed the Clover Park School District that Maureen David has been tapped to translate its gains for the entire secondary system in the district’s Pierce County service area. Hudtloff Middle School has made impressive progress in creating change for a large, urban population with high numbers of historically underserved students.

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