Awards and Accomplishments

Centerville High School  

Centerville Senior High School has been selected as a recipient of a RED Quill Award

On March 14, 2007 a formal presentation was made at the Centerville Abington School Board by the ACT Midwest regional office. To be considered for the ACT “RED QUILL” designation, a school must demonstrate a long-term commitment to increased student achievement through effective use of EXPLORE, PLAN and ACT data.

Centerville Senior High School named Indiana Four Star School

Centerville Senior High School has been recognized by the Indiana Department of Education as a Four Star School in 1996, 2005 and in 2010. The school was recognized by the Indiana Department of Education by placing in the top 25 percent of Indiana schools in four performance areas: total ISTEP scores, mathematics proficiency, language arets proficiency, graduation rates and attendance.

Centerville Senior High School AdvancED / NCA Accredited

Centerville Senior High School has been accredited by the North Central Association since 1968.

To achieve accreditation, schools must meet AdvancED / NCA CASI’s high standards, be evaluated by a team of professionals from outside the school, and implement a continuous school improvement plan focused on increasing student performance. The accreditation process is voluntary and must be renewed every 5 years.

The North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement is a non-governmental, voluntary association of public and private elementary and secondary schools in 19 states, the Navajo Nation, and the Department of Defense Dependents’ Schools overseas. NCA CASI accredits 9,000 schools, challenging them to prepare all students for success as they move from home to school to higher education and/or careers.

Centerville Senior High School “Best Buy”

Congratulations to Centerville Senior High School for receiving the Indiana Chamber of Commerce designation as “Best Buy” high school. This designation was developed by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce to recognize schools that have excelled academically while providing value in tax dollars.

This is the second year in the row that Centerville Senior High School has received this designation. The designation is based up ISTEP scores, attendance rates, graduation rates, SAT scores and the amount of expenditure spent per student. Centerville Senior High School had the highest “quality quotient” of any school in Wayne County. Centerville Senior High School also received the “Best Buy” designation in 1999, 2000, 2005, 2006,.2007, 2008 and 2009.

History of ISTAR Program

A forum for exchanging ideas was developed in the summer of 1984 by networking high schools together through principal participation. From the interaction and ideas generated came I-STAR, which stand for Indiana Student-Teacher Achievement Recognition. This program was formulated to enhance the two focal areas of schooling, teaching, and learning, and to honor outstanding examples of each. Mr. James Howell, then principal at Centerville Senior High School, developed the program for our school district.

The recognition is relegated to seniors only. Each senior in the top 10 percent of their class along with an optional ‘at large selection,” if a member school wishes to do so, is invited to complete an application. The application form is based upon academics and activities.

Each school established a committee of adults, predominately teachers, to screen the applications down to three. When these were determined by the committee, the principal then notified the students that they were the I-STAR recipients.

In each application, the student indicating the selection of the I-STAR teacher based upon the individual the student felt had made the most outstanding contribution to the I-STAR student’s individual and scholastic development submitted a separate page. Any teacher between K-12 was eligible for nomination. Besides the nomination, each student had to write why the teacher he or she selected was being so esteemed.

In establishing a format for delivery of this I-STAR recognition’s, the principals decided to have an evening program.

To make this evening as memorable as possible, each student will be presented a plaque by his principal, and the student, in turn, presents a plaque to the teacher. Each student will address the audience on the selection of the teacher. This proved to be a highlight of the program as both the teachers and students received complimentary feedback.

This program has added to the esteem of teachers and to students and has provided all the participating schools with an avenue to take some time to honor some special people.

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