CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Fourteen schools in Kanawha County and eight schools in Putnam County were named exemplary schools by the state Board of Education on Wednesday.In Kanawha County: Chamberlain Elementary, Cross Lanes Elementary, Holz Elementary, Kenna Elementary, Montrose Elementary, Overbrook Elementary, Weberwood Elementary, Andrew Jackson Middle, Horace Mann Middle, John Adams Middle, South Charleston Middle, George Washington High, Nitro High and Garnet Career Center were all named among the top in the state for education achievement.
Eight Putnam County schools also made the list: Confidence Elementary, Eastbrook Elementary, Hurricane Town Elementary, Mountain View Elementary, Scott Teays Elementary, West Teays Elementary, Hurricane High and Winfield High.A total of 58 public schools and four career-technical education centers and programs around the state received exemplary designation."We have high expectations for all schools in West Virginia and these schools have achieved the state board's highest level of recognition," said state Board of Education President Wade Linger. "This accomplishment speaks highly of the quality of education throughout West Virginia. We encourage them to keep up the good work." To qualify for the top spots, schools had to have a high percentage of scores of "proficient" on West Virginia's standardized test scores, above a 94 percent student attendance rate, and have 5 percent or more of students successfully complete Advanced Placement, dual credit and honors classes.