The students, teachers, and administrators in Loudon County Schools are an amazing example of commitment to excellence as they focus on individualized student achievement. I am humbled and honored to work with such a dedicated group of professionals as well as to be a small part of the daily operation of a powerful vision that impacts the lives of every student in our county. Loudon County Pride is alive and well as we strive to instill a desire for greatness in each and every student we teach.
We have recently received our accountability information from the department of education. I am pleased to report that all of our schools are doing great things for kids and the community. After analyzing our results, we believe this is a banner year for Loudon County Schools as a whole. The school district was named an Exemplary District for the second year in a row, the highest distinction possible from the state accountability system and only one of fourteen in the entire state. We are proud of this accomplishment as well as being the only district in the state of Tennessee to be named an Exemplary District three times since the state began this type of accountability. Loudon County Schools was also recognized by the TN Department of Education for being a Level Five Achievement District. This is an amazing honor as only eleven districts in the state were able to attain this designation. We are one of three districts in the state are able to say they have been able to make both of these lists. Our ACT Rate is the highest it has ever been to date with a 20.7 Composite score. Our Graduation Rate is also at the highest rate it has ever been at 94.78%. We had five school achieve the highest level of growth according to the Tennessee Value Added Assessment System. Additionally, Ft. Loudoun Middle, Highland Park Elementary, North Middle, Philadelphia Elementary, and Steekee Elementary Schools were recognized as a Reward Schools. Eaton Elementary and Loudon High were so close to being named Reward Schools as they missed the cut by one and two tenths of a point respectively.
Over the past few years we have had several teachers and administrators from other school systems visit and ask what the secret formula is for our success. I have made the statement that there is no secret formula, we simply have educators that work extremely hard and have a laser like vision on helping students succeed. We believe this is what it takes to ensure our kids are successful. We have a narrow focus on meeting several factors. We have specifically been focused on early grades literacy, middle school math, and high school ACT. I believe this work is reflected in our scores. Our teachers are trained well and supported to support our students and families’ needs.
I’m sure you have noticed our new school construction. Students at Highland Park Elementary and Loudon High School began school with new facilities that have classrooms that are educationally conducive to learning. HPES will also have a new music program this year and update cafeteria facilities. We are really excited for our students and teacher at HPES. At LHS we will have new classrooms, band room, art room, and a state-of-the-art culinary arts facility. We hope to be finishing up our North Middle School Fine Arts Facility by January 2019. Eaton Elementary School and Loudon Elementary School will have new playground equipment this school year as well. It is our hope that it will be in place by the end of August. The board of education is also in the process of developing a long-range strategic plan that includes renovation for several of our school spaces. We are excited about being able to use our adequate facilities funds to support this vision.
Again, we are really excited about this school year. We have worked hard to ensure our kids will be successful in college and career opportunities. If we can help you with anything in regard to enhancing your child’s educational opportunities, please don’t hesitate to contact us here at the office or at your child’s school.
Dr. Jason Vance
Director of Schools
Loudon County Board of Education