AJHS named an Achieving School

Updated: January 5, 2018

Courtesy of Ronda Pounds

ASD Public Relations Coordinator

The Arkansas State Board of Education recently voted to remove the Ashdown Junior High School along with seven other Arkansas schools from Focus Status. This status was given by the state to schools because of large achievement gaps between student groups at their campuses. The campus was officially recognized as being removed from the status during at the October Arkansas State Board of Education Meeting and is now recognized as an Achieving School as AJHS met state standards two consecutive years in closing the achievement gap. Ashdown Superintendent Jason Sanders praised the junior high staff on all their hard work to improve the achievement gaps during the Ashdown School Board meeting held in December.

“Meeting our academic goals set by the Arkansas Department of Education is extremely satisfying to me personally,” AJHS Principal James Jones said. “The credit goes to my dedicated and committed staff that motivates our students to achieve their academic goals. We’ve allowed the kids to take ownership with their own learning. The Ashdown School Board, Mr. Sanders, and the ADE have helped us to be an achieving school. We will certainly celebrate this achievement. We will continue to strive to be an excellent school.”