Congratulations to Northwest School of the Arts for winning four Accely awards at the annual leadership summit held this July. The school was recognized for outstanding leadership, student attendance, teacher retention, and academic performance – taking home coveted awards including Gold School and Rising Star Leader.
Recognizing the hard work and success of our schools and school leaders is an important tradition at ACCEL Schools. While schools across the country are still recovering from challenges related to the pandemic, we have seen a surge in success from schools serving historically underrecognized communities.
“We are mission driven to make quality education available to all children regardless of geographic location or life circumstances,” said ACCEL Schools CEO Ron Packard who presented the awards on July 17. “It is an honor to recognize the staff and leadership who are putting ACCEL’s ideals into action and creating positive change in the lives of the students and communities who need it most.”
Northwest School of the Arts received the following 2023 ACCELY awards:
Outstanding Student Attendance
Northwest was one of 10 schools across the ACCEL network that achieved an Average Daily Attendance (ADA) of 92% or higher – no small feat in a year where schools nationwide reported high rates of pandemic-related absenteeism.
100% Teacher Retention
Despite an ongoing shortage of teachers nationwide, Northwest was one of 12 schools recognized for creating a thriving workplace that retains talented and engaged teachers. The school was one of seven across the network of schools that achieved 100% teacher retention in 2023.
Gold School Award
The Gold School Award recognizes the highest achieving schools in the ACCEL network. This prestigious award went to 10 schools in 2023 that demonstrated strong academic outcomes as well as positive enrollment growth.
Rising Star Leader Award
Principal Derrick Lockett was recognized for creating a strong sense of community and inclusiveness across his staff and school. With incredible responsiveness to the community, Principal Lockett oversaw the rebranding of Hope Academy Northwest to the Northwest School of the Arts and has led the school to achieve exceptional academic and operational results this year.
Congratulations to every member of our Northwest community for contributing to our success in 2023. We are honored to accept these Accely awards on behalf of our entire team and look forward to another extraordinary school year.