Demopolis High School celebrates after being recognized as National Model School and School of Distinction

Published 11:24 am Monday, March 11, 2024

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Demopolis High School has been named a CLAS School of Distinction and a National Model School.

The school recently received recognition from The Center for Model Schools and the Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools.

High School officials recently made the announcement in the school’s Tiger Ambush newsletter.

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On May 6, Demopolis High School will be recognized at the CLAS awards ceremony and on June 23-26 and a team from DHS will be presenters at the Model Schools Conference in Orlando, Florida.

The recognition stems from implementing a program called Student Success Teams.

In the program, all members of the DHS community are part of a grade-level team that works together to identify students who may require assistance in areas such as attendance, behavior, coursework, or connectedness.

Grade-level teams hold quarterly meetings to discuss strategies for supporting students in need. Team members then select a student or students to mentor. The program has significantly reduced chronic absenteeism, as indicated by State Report Card data.

Stronger connections have also been established between students and their mentors, along with improvements in various indicators, including academic growth and achievement.

High school officials say they are happy to be applauded for their efforts even though the program was not initiated with the primary goal of gaining recognition.

“It is gratifying to witness the DHS family being acknowledged for their efforts beyond the classroom. Congratulations to the DHS family on these remarkable achievements,” officials said in the newsletter.