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20 Ala. schools named Torchbearer Schools

Twenty Alabama public schools have earned the prestigious title of Torchbearer School – a high-poverty public school that has overcome the odds to become a high-performing school. 

Alabama's *2012-2013 Torchbearer Schools are: 



1.       Conecuh County

Evergreen Elementary School

2.       Dallas County

Bruce K. Craig Elementary School

3.       Jefferson County

Hillview Elementary School

4.       Marion County

Phillips Elementary School

5.       Mobile County

Anna F. Booth Elementary School

6.       Mobile County

Calcedeaver Elementary School

7.       Mobile County

Dixon Elementary School

8.       Mobile County

Indian Springs Elem. School

9.       Montgomery County

Highland Avenue Elem. School

10.    Talladega County

Sycamore School

11.    Bessemer City

Westhills Elementary School

12.    Decatur City

Frances Nungester Elem. School

13.    Decatur City

Woodmeade Elementary School

14.    Dothan City

Morris Slingluff Elem. School

15.    Florence City

Harlan Elementary School

16.    Florence City

Weeden Elementary School

17.    Selma City

Cedar Park Elementary School

18.    Selma City

Sophia P. Kingston Elem. School

19.    Selma City

Edgewood Elementary School

20.    Selma City

Knox Elementary School

*Based on 2011-2012 Test Results 

State Superintendent of Education Dr. Tommy Bice said, "Since 2004, the Torchbearer School Program has recognized public schools in Alabama that show growth and success in the face of significant challenges. Torchbearer Schools do not allow those challenges to turn into excuses. Torchbearer schools exhibit exemplary leadership, helping all students towards success." 

A Torchbearer School must meet all of the following criteria, as applicable: 

  • Identified as Meeting the Challenge School.
  • Identified as Advancing the Challenge School.
  • Identified as Exceeding the Challenge School.
  • Have at least 80% poverty rate (percent free/reduced meals).
  • Have at least 80% of students score Level III or Level IV on the reading section of the Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test+.
  • Have at least 80% of students score Level III or Level IV on the mathematics section of the Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test+.
  • Have at least 95% of Grade 12 students pass all required subjects of the Alabama High School Graduation Exam.
  • Have a graduation rate above state average.
  • Be in existence at the time of the award.

The Torchbearer School Award Ceremony will take place on February 19, 2013 at the Capitol City Club in Montgomery. 

INFORMATION SOURCE: Alabama Department of Education

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