Madison’s 3 K-5 schools rank in top 20% of US News’ 2022 rankings

MARSHALL — Madison County announced that all three projects it submitted for Golden LEAF funding have been approved, including a $487,500 grant for the school system’s vocational and technical education programs.

Acting County Executive Norris Gentry said news of the funding called on the county and funding recipients to “do a happy dance.”

Now, the school system once again has reason to celebrate, as its three K-5 schools have been recognized in the top 17% of U.S. News & World Report’s annual top schools rankings.

US News, a digital media company that offers comprehensive ranking consumer guides to colleges, graduate schools, hospitals, diets, cars, financial services and more, has listed its top school rankings since 1983.

Brush Creek Elementary ranked in the top 4% of the state’s 2,149 public schools.

“It is a great honor to be recognized as the top schools in the US News & World Report study,” said Susan Jackson of Brush Creek Elementary. “Staff were thrilled to learn of this great achievement. All staff work daily to support students. The intervention model used in all three elementary schools ensures that all students receive the support they need in reading and Mathematics All staff meet weekly to review data Plan lessons to be used during intervention times.

The rankings use the same methodology for all school levels included.

For each state, schools were rated on their share of students at or above their state assessments in math and reading/language arts. Half the formula was the results themselves; the other half was results in the context of socioeconomic demographics, US News said on its website.

Hot Springs Elementary ranked in the top 6% of K-5 schools in North Carolina in the US News report.

Jennifer Mills is the principal of Hot Springs Elementary.

“Having our school recognized for this achievement is a proud moment for us,” said Mills. “We have the most dedicated and hardworking people, and everyone is working towards the same goal. The staff have finally received the pat on the back they deserve for supporting these students academically and emotionally. Our school has always been a hidden gem, with the best students and teachers.”

Superintendent Will Hoffman said the school system is “grateful” to be recognized by the Global Rankings website.

Last year, Superintendent Will Hoffman presented Mars Hill Elementary, Marhay Huskins, with the 2021-22 Principal of the Year plaque.  Mars Hill ranked in the top 17% of US News & World Report's 2022 Best Schools Ranking.

“Our students continue to succeed in the arts, academically and athletically at every level,” Hoffman said. “We are grateful for the tremendous support the school system receives from parents, business partners and the community. The success of our students can be attributed to our amazing teachers and staff who make this happen in every class, in every school, every day.”

Mars Hill Elementary ranked in the top 17% of 2,149 schools ranked in the report.

According to the Hot Springs principal, the ranking reflects both the community’s and administration’s commitment to supporting students.

“It tells me that despite the challenges, school systems like ours, which provide such exceptional support to students and families, can succeed by working together,” Mills said. “When you have a group of caring, knowledgeable people, success is the result.”

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