Lakeridge Elementary hard work results in great success
March 13, 2015—Lakeridge Elementary School teachers and staff, under the guidance of principal Jessica Calabrese-Granger, have been recognized in The Seattle Times, The New York Times, and other media for their work over the past few years to transform a school once identified as an underperforming, to among the top 50 percent of schools statewide. In just two years, fifth-grade math scores increased by 35 percent and reading scores went up 25 percent. The hard work and results were so impressive, principal Calabrese-Granger recently won the coveted Golden Apple award which recognizes individuals and programs making a dramatic difference in Washington state education.
Elementary schools on the district's West Hill/Skyway area will use this success as a blueprint to create their own individual plans for student success. Renton School District will also provide a process to allow other schools in the district this kind of creativity and operational flexibility through a new inititaive called West Hill Now!
Award-winning teacher Laretha Todd helps students understand math
Lakeridge Elementary School 3rd-grade teacher, and Renton School District's 2016 Outstanding Elementary Teacher of the Year, Laretha Todd, demonstrates best practices for teaching mathematics.