To qualify for the Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence, schools and school divisions must meet all state and federal achievement benchmarks for at least two consecutive years and achieve all applicable excellence goals for elementary reading, enrollment in Algebra I by the eighth grade, enrollment in college-level courses, high school graduation, attainment of advanced diplomas, increased attainment of career and industry certifications, and participation in the Virginia Preschool Initiative. Schools and school divisions earn bonus points for other performance measures, including the Governor’s Nutrition and Physical Activity Scorecard.
Among the 86 schools earning the Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence are as follows:
Governor's Award for Educational Excellence — Cloverdale Elementary and Greenfield Elementary
2012 Board of Education Excellence Awards
Two school divisions — Lexington and West Point — and 188 schools earned the Board of Education Excellence Award, the second-tier honor in the VIP program. These schools and divisions also have met all state and federal accountability benchmarks for at least two consecutive years and have made significant progress toward goals for increased student achievement and expanded educational opportunities set by the board.
·Educational Excellence Awards — Breckinridge Elementary and Buchanan Elementary.
The Board of Education Competence to Excellence Award was earned by 171 schools that met all state and federal benchmarks for at least two consecutive years and made progress toward the goals of the governor and the board.
Cometence to Excellence Award- Colonial Elementary and Lord Botetourt High School.