The new principal immediately learned his students’ names. He gave them smiles, hugs and high fives. He led early morning basketball games.
Like those games, he turned academics into a challenge, one that he believed these students could win. And win they did.
Math scores went from 15 percent (the number of students proficient in 2006) to nearly 78 percent this year. Proficient readers increased from nearly 28 percent to almost 71 percent, according to state data.
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