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Pathways to Excellence

Neah Bay Elementary, Neah Bay

June 27, 2014

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.

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.

Neah Bay Elementary has created a community of learners in which every staff member knows every student. Principal Alice Murner has guided staff in facilitating rigorous learning activities connected to state standards. Children are encouraged to take ownership of their learning, and they receive immediate feedback on their progress. Teachers continually search for ways to expand and enrich student learning. The school has linked to a wider community of educators and academic resources through collaborations with the University of Washington that include the Pipeline Project, in which U.W. student volunteers work with and mentor Neah Bay Elementary students.

Neah Bay Elementary has earned honors including two 2012 Washington Achievement Awards and a 2013 School of Distinction award. Such accolades are the direct result of years of dedication on the part of students, their families, school staff and the community.

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Congratulations to Neah Bay Elementary school!  Thanks for making Olympic Peninsula students the successful and valued young people they deserve to be at school!!

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