Title I Distinguished Schools

CONTACT: James Popp 984-236-2801

North Carolina 
National Title I Distinguished School Program

The National Title I Distinguished Schools program recognizes exemplary Title I schools that hold students to high standards and demonstrate exemplary school effectiveness in:

  • teaching and learning based on the approved state curriculum,
  • use of research-based instructional strategies,
  • opportunities provided for all students to achieve,
  • established partnerships with parents, families, and the community,
  • implementation of sustained research-based professional development, and
  • innovation and modeling for other schools.

Since 1996, North Carolina has recognized Distinguished Title I Schools through this program. More information and resources about the selection process and recognized schools are on the following site hosted by the National Association of ESEA State Program Administrators.

Each year two North Carolina schools are recognized at the national level. Selected winning North Carolina Title I Distinguished Schools are recognized in one of two categories. Schools in the Sustained High-Performance Category are recognized for showing a high (at least 80 percent) level of student proficiency in reading and mathematics and making Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for the most recent two years. 
Schools in the Sustained High Growth Category are recognized for making significant progress in closing the achievement gap between student groups. 

NC 2017-18 Title I Distinguished Schools 
Contact Information:

2017-18 Winner Category I 
Sustained High Performance 
Union Elementary, Brunswick County Schools 
Ms. Vickie Smith, Principal 
180 Union School Road, NW 
Shallotte, NC 2847 
ESEA Network Website:  
School Website:  

2017-18 Winner Category II 
Sustained High Growth 
Clear Creek Elementary, Henderson County Schools 
Ms. Marcie Wilson, Principal 
737 N Clear Creek Road 
Hendersonville, NC  28792 
ESEA Network Website
School Website