South Ridge a 'School of Distinction'

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Ridgefield — The academic achievements of South Ridge Elementary School students earned them a "2012 School of Distinction" honor from the Educational Service District 112. Staff and students celebrated the thumbs-up at an April 10 assembly, which began with praise from Principal Janice Sauve.

"Do you know who the stars are today? You," she said.

For schools to receive the distinction, students must perform at or above the state average for each grade level in reading and math assessments, according to a press release. If the institutions meet that requirement they are then evaluated on improvements in those areas over five years. After this process, only the top 5 percent ranking schools are called Schools of Distinction.