Perhaps it’s time the entire community stands up and takes notice of what’s been going on at Frankford Elementary School.
Named a National Blue Ribbon School in 2004, Frankford Elementary has also been a state Superior school every year since 2003, and was a “Dispelling the Myth Award” winner in 2005. Recently, the school was recognized as a National Distinguished Title I School — one of only two schools in the entire state to be so honored, and the award comes with a $10,000 grant, to be used where it is deemed most needed.
“It’s a great honor for the school, students and the staff,” said Frankford Elementary School Principal Duncan Smith. “The teachers work really hard to see what the student needs are year after year and it’s a testament to all that hard work.”
Well, we’d add that Smith is probably a big part of that equation, as well. Under his guidance, the school has consistently impressed with its high marks academically, as well as the platitudes it receives for its work with students from diverse backgrounds.
In 2008, the school reported a student population of 43 percent Hispanic, 29.2 percent white, 25.6 percent black and 2 percent Asian-American. Also, 78 percent of their students are considered low-income, 28.8 percent are English Language Learners and 15.5 percent are special-education students.
That’s a challenging mix of students — and it’s a challenge that has proven to be nothing but a number for a school that has done nothing but excel over the past several years.
We congratulate Frankford Elementary School — not only for the recognition they’ve so deservedly received, but more so for the work they are doing to churn out good students and people for this entire community.