Centerville's J.A. Taylor Elementary given national academic excellence award

Friday , September 29, 2017 - 1:45 PM1 comment

ANNA BURLESON, Standard-Examiner Staff

CENTERVILLE — J.A. Taylor Elementary School has been named a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education.

The school was one of 342 across the country to receive the designation, which is given for academic excellence. Taylor Elementary School was also declared a Blue Ribbon School in 1988, making it the only public school in Utah to receive the recognition multiple times, according to a news release from the district.

“This honor is a byproduct of the culture of high expectations at J.A. Taylor Elementary,” Principal Chris Laypath said in the news release. “Our teachers are diligent in identifying academic deficits and strengths and then personalizing education to make sure every student experiences success.”

The school was also recognized as an exemplary high performing school — one of the best in Utah — per state or national tests, according to the DOE website. 

Taylor Elementary was also one of 10 Davis School District schools to recently receive an “A” letter grade from the Utah State Board of Education for last year’s student proficiency rates. 

The only other school in Utah to received the blue ribbon monicker this year was Jeremy Ranch Elementary School in Park City.

A school-wide celebration will take place Oct. 22 at Taylor Elementary.

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