Hampton Elementary Receives Highly Effective Schools Accreditation

Hampton Elementary Receives Highly Effective Schools Accreditation 

March 3, 2020

Highly Effective Schools

Hampton School District has announced that Hampton Elementary School has earned Highly Effective Schools Accreditation from Solution Tree. Hampton Elementary School is one of six schools in the state recognized by the Arkansas Department of Education to achieve this status of Highly Effective Accreditation status this school year.

The Highly Effective Schools Accreditation is a significant achievement that reflects Hampton Elementary’s commitment to reaching and maintaining the highest levels of educational quality. Hampton Elementary earned this accreditation by maintaining and growing identified areas having the biggest impact on student learning and growth. These areas are directly aligned to the Professional Learning Communities at Work® (PLC) process and the High Reliability Schools™ (HRS) framework. 

Professional Learning Communities Accredited Schools are schools and districts that recognize the key to improved learning for students is ongoing, job-embedded professional learning for educators. The 3 Big Ideas of PLC at Work process call upon educators to: (1) focus on learning, (2) build a collaborative culture, and (3) create a results orientation. The complementary HRS framework serves as a long-term strategic planning tool that guides school improvement in five key areas: 

  1. Safe, Supportive, and Collaborative Culture
  2. Effective Teaching in Every Classroom
  3. Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum
  4. Standards-Referenced Reporting
  5. Competency-Based Education

Responding to news of the accreditation, Principal Thomas Sawyer said, “I am excited and feel we are on the right track. We at Hampton Elementary are excited about the opportunity to provide ongoing instructional and curricular improvement to our students. We are committed to the PLC process as an ongoing process for improvement. The PLC process will become a part of our long range planning and professional development program in our building. As Hampton Elementary implements the PLC process, students will be the ones to benefit by receiving a high-quality education. I thank my staff members for buying into the process and for all their hard work and dedication.  To achieve this accreditation, the Hampton Elementary School formed a leadership team. The leadership team met monthly and collaborated with Solution Tree to develop an improvement plan with areas of growth for students and teachers collectively.”

Cameron L. Rains, director of school improvement for Solution Tree and co-author of Professional Learning Communities at Work® and High Reliability Schools™: Cultures of Continuous Learning, explained, “In order to receive Highly Effective Schools Accreditation, schools must put a laser-like focus on the things that really matter and make a difference for students. We commend Hampton Elementary for achieving this designation and for going the extra mile for the learners they serve.” 

To learn more about Highly Effective Schools Accreditation, please visit http://www.SolutionTree.com/HESA.