Shelby County Schools

Delano Elementary Earns State Distinction for Exceptional Student Performance in 2006

Memphis, Tenn. – Delano Elementary is one of only six Tennessee schools to be honored with the 2006 Title I* Distinguished Schools award. The program recognizes highly successful schools serving a large population of economically disadvantaged students.

“These schools exemplify that all students have the ability to succeed when given a quality education,” Governor Phil Bredesen said. “The teachers, principals and support staff in these schools have demonstrated exceptional commitment, and the lives of hundreds of students are better for it.”  Delano Elementary was recognized for demonstrating a track record of exceptional student achievement in back-to-back years.  “We are simply about the business of providing a quality education for our students." said Principal Patrice Shipp. "Our goal is to encourage our students to excel academically, become life-long learners and productive citizens.”

This is the third prestigious state or national achievement for Delano Elementary School in the last two years. In 2005, the school was ranked among the most academically superior schools in Tennessee and the U.S. as a national “No Child Left Behind-Blue Ribbon School.” That same year, Delano was a national finalist for the annual Intel and Scholastic Schools of Distinction Awards, which recognize schools across the country for implementing innovative programs to support positive educational outcomes.

Shipp attributes much of the school's increased success in recent years to the implementation of a well-rounded educational program that promotes the social, ethical and intellectual growth of the students with emphasis on a strong reading program and technology.  As a recipient of the Title I Distinguished Schools award, Delano will receive a $1,000 award. Shipp said she plans to use the money to purchase new books for her school library.

* “Title I school” is a federal distinction indicating that the percentage of economically disadvantaged students served qualifies the school for additional federal funds. Title I schools eligible for the Distinguished Schools award must have 35 percent or greater of their student body classified at the poverty level have met performance standards for two or more consecutive years, use research-based teaching and professional development successfully and engage in partnerships with parents and the community. Title I schools are recognized for exceptional student performance or for showing significant progress in closing the achievement gap between student groups.

For more information about Title I Distinguished Schools award, contact Rachel Woods at (615) 253-1960 or

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