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2004-2005 No Child Left Behind - Blue Ribbon Schools Program

U.S. Department of Education
Cover Sheet Type of School: X Elementary (K-8) Middle __ High __ K-12
Name of Principal Mrs. Georgette Schraeder

(Specify: Ms., Miss, Mrs., Dr., Mr., Other) (As it should appear in the official records)


Official School Name St. Leo Catholic School

(As it should appear in the official records)


School Mailing Address 333 Springdale Avenue_____________________________________________

(If address is P.O. Box, also include street address)

Winston-Salem NC 27104-3198

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

City State Zip Code+4 (9 digits total)
County _Forsyth_________________________ School Code Number*_____N/A__________________
Telephone ( 336 )748-8252 Fax ( 336 ) 748-9005 ______
Website/URL www.stleocatholic.com _____ E-mail gschraeder@stleocatholic.com
I have reviewed the information in this application, including the eligibility requirements on page 2, and certify that to the best of my knowledge all information is accurate.

Date____________________________

(Principal’s Signature)

Name of Superintendent* Mrs. Linda Cherry________________________________________________

(Specify: Ms., Miss, Mrs., Dr., Mr., Other)

District Name Diocese of Charlotte_________Tel. ( 740 ) 370-3291

I have reviewed the information in this application, including the eligibility requirements on page 2, and certify that to the best of my knowledge it is accurate.
Date____________________________ (Superintendent’s Signature)
Name of School Board Mrs. Joanne Parcell

President/Chairperson

(Specify: Ms., Miss, Mrs., Dr., Mr., Other)
I have reviewed the information in this package, including the eligibility requirements on page 2, and certify that to the best of my knowledge it is accurate.
Date____________________________

(School Board President’s/Chairperson’s Signature)


*Private Schools: If the information requested is not applicable, write N/A in the space.

PART I   ELIGIBILITY CERTIFICATION



[Include this page in the school’s application as page 2.]

The signatures on the first page of this application certify that each of the statements below concerning the school's eligibility and compliance with U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights (OCR) requirements is true and correct.




  1. The school has some configuration that includes grades K-12. (Schools with one principal, even K-12 schools, must apply as an entire school.)
  2. The school has not been in school improvement status or been identified by the state as "persistently dangerous" within the last two years. To meet final eligibility, the school must meet the state’s adequate yearly progress requirement in the 2004-2005 school year.


  3. If the school includes grades 7 or higher, it has foreign language as a part of its core curriculum.

  4. The school has been in existence for five full years, that is, from at least September 1999 and has not received the 2003 or 2004 No Child Left Behind – Blue Ribbon Schools Award.

  5. The nominated school or district is not refusing the OCR access to information necessary to investigate a civil rights complaint or to conduct a district wide compliance review.

  6. The OCR has not issued a violation letter of findings to the school district concluding that the nominated school or the district as a whole has violated one or more of the civil rights statutes. A violation letter of findings will not be considered outstanding if the OCR has accepted a corrective action plan from the district to remedy the violation.

  7. The U.S. Department of Justice does not have a pending suit alleging that the nominated school, or the school district as a whole, has violated one or more of the civil rights statutes or the Constitution's equal protection clause.

  8. There are no findings of violations of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act in a U.S. Department of Education monitoring report that apply to the school or school district in question; or if there are such findings, the state or district has corrected, or agreed to correct, the findings.

PART II   DEMOGRAPHIC DATA


All data are the most recent year available.

DISTRICT (Questions 1 2 not applicable to private schools)

1. Number of schools in the district: N/A _____ Elementary schools

_____ Middle schools

_____ Junior high schools

_____ High schools

_____ Other

_____ TOTAL

2. District Per Pupil Expenditure: N/A
Average State Per Pupil Expenditure: N/A

SCHOOL (To be completed by all schools)

3. Category that best describes the area where the school is located:


[ ] Urban or large central city

[ ] Suburban school with characteristics typical of an urban area

[ X] Suburban

[ ] Small city or town in a rural area

[ ] Rural

4. 8 Number of years the principal has been in her/his position at this school.



If fewer than three years, how long was the previous principal at this school?
5. Number of students as of October 1 enrolled at each grade level or its equivalent in applying school only:


Grade

# of Males

# of Females

Grade Total




Grade

# of Males

# of Females

Grade Total

PreK

9

4

13




7

16

14

30


K

15

12

27




8

12

14

26

1

14

16

30




9










2

12

13

25




10










3

11

17

28




11










4

14

14

28




12








5

15

15

30




Other










6

14

17

31



















TOTAL STUDENTS IN THE APPLYING SCHOOL 

268

[Throughout the document, round numbers to avoid decimals.]
6. Racial/ethnic composition of 97 % White

the students in the school: < 1 % Black or African American



2 % Hispanic or Latino

<1 % Asian/Pacific Islander

0 % American Indian/Alaskan Native

100% Total
Use only the five standard categories in reporting the racial/ethnic composition of the school.
7. Student turnover, or mobility rate, during the past year: ___5 %

(This rate should be calculated using the grid below. The answer to (6) is the mobility rate.)



(1)

Number of students who transferred to the school after October 1 until the end of the year.

4

(2)

Number of students who transferred from the school after October 1 until the end of the year.

10

(3)

Subtotal of all transferred students [sum of rows (1) and (2)]

14

(4)

Total number of students in the school as of October 1 (same as in #5 above)

268

(5)

Subtotal in row (3) divided by total in row (4)

.05

(6)

Amount in row (5) multiplied by 100

5








8. Limited English Proficient students in the school: __0 %

___0___Total Number Limited English Proficient

Number of languages represented: ___N/A____

Specify languages: Spanish

9. Students eligible for free/reduced-priced meals: ___<1 %

Total number students who qualify: ____6___

St. Leo’s does not participate in the federally-supported lunch program, but we do participate in Title I. We use the figures from the lunch program to identify eligible Title 1 students. We obtain this information through documents from our student tuition assistance program (Private School Aid Service – PSAS).

10. Students receiving special education services: __9 %



24_Total Number of Students Served
Indicate below the number of students with disabilities according to conditions designated in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
__3 Autism ____Orthopedic Impairment

____Deafness ____Other Health Impaired

____Deaf-Blindness _18 Specific Learning Disability

____Hearing Impairment ____Speech or Language Impairment

____Mental Retardation ____Traumatic Brain Injury

__3_Multiple Disabilities ____Visual Impairment Including Blindness





  1. Indicate number of full time and part time staff members in each of the categories below:


Number of Staff
Full-time Part-Time
Administrator(s) ____1___ ________

Classroom teachers ___14___ ____3____


Special resource teachers/specialists ___1__ ________
Paraprofessionals ___1____ ________

Support staff ____1___ ____5___


Total number ___18___ ____8___

12. Average school student-“classroom teacher” ratio: __18:1_

13. Show the attendance patterns of teachers and students as a percentage. The student dropout rate is defined by the state. The student drop-off rate is the difference between the number of entering students and the number of exiting students from the same cohort. (From the same cohort, subtract the number of exiting students from the number of entering students; divide that number by the number of entering students; multiply by 100 to get the percentage drop-off rate.) Briefly explain in 100 words or fewer any major discrepancy between the dropout rate and the drop-off rate. (Only middle and high schools need to supply dropout rates and only high schools need to supply drop-off rates.)







2003-2004

2002-2003

2001-2002

2000-2001

1999-2000

Daily student attendance

97%

96%

96%

97%

97%

Daily teacher attendance

96%

98%

98%

97%

98%

Teacher turnover rate

0%

0%

13%

7%

0%

Student dropout rate (middle/high)

0%

0%

0%

0%

0%

Student drop-off rate (high school)

N/A%

%

%

%

%


PART III   SUMMARY

Our mission at St. Leo the Great Catholic School is to educate the whole child within the framework of gospel values and Catholic traditions in order to develop responsible citizens of the world. This mission statement is recited every day by each student and faculty member so that we each remember our purpose as members of this school community. Each child is respected for his/her unique contribution. Modifications to help individual needs are provided.

St. Leo School is a Catholic school providing instruction for students in grades pre-kindergarten through grade eight. The school is located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. It is one of the seventeen schools comprising the school system of the Diocese of Charlotte. Our school was established in 1954 by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania, to meet the needs of the Catholic community in the area. It is an apostolate of St. Leo Parish and, as such, is guided by the pastor and the Pastoral Council of St. Leo Church and by an advisory school board.

St. Leo School is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and by the Diocese of Charlotte. Our faculty members are licensed by the State of North Carolina and/or meet the requirements for personnel as set forth by the Southern Association for Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation & School Improvement (SACSCASI).

A strong emphasis is placed on developing reading, writing, and mathematical skills in our core curriculum and in our special subjects. Instruction in library skills, computer skills, music, art, physical education, French, and Spanish is scheduled throughout elementary and middle school grades. Our students score well in standardized assessments and teachers encourage strategies to improve their students’ critical thinking skills. Active learning techniques such as projects, experiments and manipulatives are used regularly. Comparing the results of St. Leo eighth grade students with those from other Catholic schools within the Diocese of Charlotte, St. Leo students score high. Many of our graduates progress to honors classes in both our local Catholic high school and area public high schools. The vast majority of our graduates go on to attend four year colleges and universities.

As responsible citizens, St. Leo students are involved in local, national, and world wide outreach programs. Every year each student writes once a month to a Caring Friend, a senior citizen who may be alone or in a retirement or nursing home. Students also write to members of our armed services serving in Iraq and collect and send needed items to them. Leadership roles are assumed by our students in such areas as Student Council (which is comprised of members from grades three through eight), altar servers, choir members, scouts, our school newspaper, and various other clubs and activities. Students in grades four through eight serve as prayer-partners to our younger children. The older children guide the younger ones in church services, assist them in letter writing, read to them, and play with them throughout the year.

Along with guiding the students’ education, St. Leo staff assumes responsibility to protect students. Emergency and crisis plans are practiced with the students and communicated to the parents. The Teacher Council advises the principal in matters such as handbook policies, and professional development. Teacher turn-over rate is low. Teachers are involved in community activities such as the 5K race, parish ministry, and coaching.

Another notable characteristic of St. Leo School is the strong involvement of parents in our school. The St. Leo Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) promotes and coordinates volunteer and fund-raising activities. During the school day, parents volunteer by assisting teachers in the classroom, monitoring students in the lunchroom and on the playground, and staffing the health care room. In addition, we have an active Athletic Association comprised of our many parent volunteers including volunteer coaches. A recent satisfaction survey confirmed a high correlation between parent priorities and school planning and program offerings.

We at St. Leo School are proud of our school community and are involved in ongoing internal evaluation programs to constantly improve our school and the educational, spiritual, and social experiences of our students.


PART IV – INDICATORS OF ACADEMIC SUCCESS

At St. Leo School, all students are assessed via the Iowa Test of Basic Skills; 5th and 8th grade students also take the COGAT tests. No alternative assessment is undertaken in-house, although students with special needs are permitted to take their tests on an un-timed basis. Scores of un-timed students are not included in our building averages.

Since we are a small school (we average 270 students in our Kindergarten to 8th grade program, with only one class at each grade level and approximately 30 students per class), test results vary from year to year. Our building average results for the years for which we provided data (10/1999 through 10/03) are summarized as follows:





Language Score range

10/99-10/03



Language Score Average

for the 5-year period



Reading Score Range

10/99-10/03



Reading Score Average

for the 5-year period



Mathematics

Score Range

10/99-10/03

Mathematics

Score Average for the 5-year period


8th grade

98%-99%

98.8%

99%

99%

91%-99%

94%

7th grade

99%

99%

99%

99%

92%-96%

93.6%

6th grade

99%

99%

98%-99%

98.8%

88%-99%

95.2%

5th grade

99%

99%

95%-99%

97%

84%-99%

91.8%

4th grade

79%-99%

92.8%

96%-99%

98%

81%-97%


90.8%

3rd grade

92%-99%

94.6%

94%-99%

96.6%

87%-97%

92.2%

Immediately apparent from this synopsis is the fact that, while building average results by grade vary from year to year, our results are higher than the Student Percentile Equivalent for the 90th School Percentile, for every grade in every year, in all three reported categories. St. Leo School also measures its results against those of other schools in our school system (the Diocese of Charlotte), in which student preparation and socio-economic status are roughly similar; even in this comparison, St. Leo test results are very high. For example, in 1999 (the last year for which diocesan-wide school comparison data was available), St. Leo School ranked 4th of 17 schools in grade 8 scores in all reported subjects (reading, language and mathematics.)

Also apparent from this synopsis of the data is the fact that our overall averages tend to be higher for the 7th and 8th grades than for the 3rd and 4th grades. We at St. Leo’s feel that this last fact is quite revealing and significant: overall, the longer we have our students, the better they perform relative to national averages. Indeed, when in the past we have had classes that remained fairly stable in composition (that is, with few students leaving the class, and few entering in the higher grades), results have shown assessment scores varying in direct proportion to the length of time spent at St. Leo’s.




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