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. About half of our schools actually scored in the top 75% of the state of Tennessee. I can’t say enough about how proud I am to be associated with Loudon County Schools; our teachers, administrators, and staff work diligently to help students on a daily basis. I am also proud of Highland Park and their accomplishments from this past school year. As you know Highland Park was recently recognized as a Reward School. To be a reward school the school must be in the top 5% of schools in the state in achievement or value added. Therefore, Highland Park is really doing a great job as compared to all schools across the state. There really isn’t a secret method to their achievements. They, like our other schools, work really hard at putting students’ needs first. We have a dedicated group of educators that love kids and it shows in their progress. Over the past few years we have had several visitors 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 and there is no substitute for hard work. We believe this is what it takes to ensure our kids are successful. We have a laser 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.
This is actually a banner year for Loudon County Schools as a whole. The school district was named an Exemplary District, the highest distinction possible from the state accountability system. Our ACT Rate is the highest it has ever been to date with a 19.3 Composite score. Our Graduation Rate is the highest it has ever been at 92.51%. Highland Park Elementary is currently recognized as a Reward School. About half of our schools scored at or above the 75th percentile, as compared to schools across the state, according to the Accountability Measures from TDOE. Additionally, we have two other schools on the cusp of the Reward School status. These schools actually performed at the 89th percentile and 91st percentile among schools in the state of TN.
I’m sure you have noticed our new school construction. Students at Highland Park Elementary Loudon High School will begin school with new facilities that will 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. 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