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R.N. Harris Elementary Wins National Urban Schools Award

The National Center for Urban School Transformation has named R.N. Harris Integrated Arts/Core Knowledge Magnet School one of 27 winners of the 2017 America’s Best Urban Schools Award, and one of only 14 schools competing for a Gold Award at the 2017 America’s Best Urban Schools Symposium in May.

R.N. Harris was recognized for academic excellence based on curricular rigor, instructional effectiveness, relational quality and continuous improvement efforts. NCUST will fly Principal Carolyn Pugh and a colleague to the symposium in Nashville to give a presentation about the school’s keys to success.

“I am so pleased with the work Principal Pugh and her staff are doing at R.N. Harris every day,” said Durham Public Schools Superintendent Bert L’Homme. “They fully deserve this award. I’m excited that they are going to Nashville to share their experiences and to receive national recognition.”

Following a site visit by NCUST, R.N. Harris was confirmed as winning at least a Silver Award in the Best Urban Schools program. Four of the 14 Silver Award schools will be named Gold Award recipients. The Gold winners will be named at the symposium on May 16.

R.N. Harris Integrated Arts/Core Knowledge Magnet School teaches reading, writing, math, science and history skills through exciting, comprehensive units based on the Core Knowledge curriculum developed by E.D. Hirsch and fused with the North Carolina Standard Course of Study. The school participates in the A+ Schools Program of the North Carolina Arts Council.

The National Center for Urban School Transformation is located within the College of Education at San Diego State University. Its mission is to help urban school districts and their partners transform urban schools into places where all students achieve academic proficiency, evidence a love of learning, and graduate well prepared to succeed in post-secondary education, the workplace, and their communities.