Boone Elementary in the Center School District is a finalist in the National Center for Urban School Transformation Award.
The success of the elementary school was featured in a front page Kansas City Star story.
In May, school leaders will travel to Houston, TX where they will find out if they are recognized as the number one urban elementary school in the nation.
Across the country, 16 schools were selected for the national award. Winners met all of the rigorous eligibility criteria and demonstrated through achievement test scores and other indicators that their schools achieve impressive academic results for every demographic group.
Boone is the only Missouri school selected.
Boone is a Silver Award winner, will receive a $2,500 cash award and is eligible to receive a Gold Award which will be announced in May.
The award recognizes evidence of strength in four areas: curricular rigor, instructional effectiveness, relational quality, and continuous improvement efforts.
Eighty percent of African American students in the 3rd, 4th and 5th grade received proficient or advanced scores on map testing. Seventy-eight percent of students on the free or reduced lunch program also achieved that goal.
Boone is one of two LINC Caring Communities sites in the Center School District.
The school, which at one time was only provisionally accredited, is considered one of the best urban schools in the nation.