RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Crestwood Elementary School has been selected as a National Elementary and Secondary Education Act Distinguished School.

According to Chesterfield Schools, the ESEA Distinguished School award is given to only two schools in each state per year.

To be eligible for the award, a school must meet these criteria:

  • A poverty rate of at least 35% for the two most current consecutive school years
  • Demonstrated exceptional academic achievement for two or more of the most current consecutive school years
  • Met full state accreditation for two or more consecutive years

There are three categories a school may be nominated to receive recognition under:

  • Category 1: exceptional student performance for two consecutive years
  • Category 2: closing the achievement gap between student groups
  • Category 3: excellence in serving special populations of students

Crestwood has been recognized for its work in category 3, for excellence in serving English learners.

“Crestwood Elementary exemplifies what we mean when we say ‘all means all.’ Public education is for all students, and teachers throughout our school system work hard to make sure every student succeeds,” Chesterfield County Public School Superintendent Dr. Merv Daugherty said. “Teaching and learning are not easy, but they are vital to our community, and we celebrate Crestwood’s commitment and success.”

Crestwood is the eighth Chesterfield County elementary school to achieve this national recognition, which previously was named the National Title I Distinguished School Award:

  • Ettrick won in 2018
  • Elizabeth Scott in 2013
  • Bellwood in 2011
  • Beulah in 2010
  • Harrowgate in 2006
  • Chalkley in 2005
  • Bensley in 2002