Eudora Elementary School in Chicot County is among five schools in Arkansas and 367 schools across the nation recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Education.
Eudora Elementary School’s recognition as a National Blue Ribbon School is based on its progress in closing the achievement gap among student subgroups.
The coveted National Blue Ribbon School award affirms the hard work of students, educators, families, and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content, according to the U.S. Dept. of Education.
Eudora Elementary School, a K-3 school in Chicot County, has approximately 90 students and 25 staff members.
Eudora Elementary School Profile
For the past few years, Eudora has had a focus on developing a culture that creates a learning environment where student growth is key. Professional development is designed to develop a professional learning community, study student data, identify gaps in learning, and create instructional interventions for small groups or individuals, rather than whole group instruction. This approach has resulted in gains that were previously unattainable.’
A challenge faced by Eudora Elementary School is its location. Being in a rural environment limits supplies and services that may be available to larger communities. Eudora is able to combat this challenge with commitment from the community.
Eudora Elementary School has learned to be flexible and include input from all stakeholders, including students, parents, teachers, businesses, and other community members to provide opportunities for our students to learn.
Eudora depends on community efforts such as the Eudora R.E.A.D.S. project, the Parent Mentor Program, an active Parent-Teacher Association, the J. Austin White Cultural Center, and the recently opened, Tommy Marshall Curiosity Center. These groups, projects, and initiatives provide local learning opportunities and experiences that the students of Eudora Elementary School would need to travel vast distances to obtain.
Knowing that the parents and community support Eudora Elementary School gives our teachers and staff inspiration to prepare students for the challenges of their future.
The other four Arkansas awardees are Crawford Elementary School in Russellville, St. Joseph Catholic School in Fayetteville, Young Elementary School in Springdale and Jefferson Elementary School in Little Rock.
St. Joseph Catholic School, Young Elementary School, Jefferson Elementary School were recognized for overall academic excellence. Crawford Elementary School and Eudora Elementary School were were recognized for their progress in closing the achievement gap among student subgroups.