Palm Springs School Honored for Excellence
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One elementary school in Palm Springs continues to bring in the awards for excellence.
Katherine Finchy Elementary is the very first school in the Coachella Valley to become a National Blue Ribbon School, and they earned three other major honors.
Also 70 percent of the students come from low income families.
What's this school's recipe for success?
Martha's four-year-old sister will attend Katherine Finchy next year.
Martha graduated last year, and now gets A's in middle school.
"I'm really proud of it for being a Blue Ribbon Award school, and that it is really nice," said 6th grader, Martha Morado.
Katherine Finchy Elementary earned the Blue Ribbon, California Distinguished School, Title 1 Achieving School, and California Business for Education for Excellence honors.
"I think we really know where each of our kids are at individually, we really work to differentiate instruction to meet their needs, so I think that's been a huge key for us," said Katherine Finchy Elementary principal, Mark Arnold.
That individual attention helps the 700 students excel, and love to learn.
"They love school, and they don't want to miss school any day, they want to go every morning," said Ella Cheung, whose children attend Katherine Finchy.
Kyle and Kaitlyn Cheung told me their favorite classes.
"Reading, learning math."
And those math and reading skills are skyrocketing at Katherine Finchy, with teachers making learning fun.
"I look at them each day, what is going to grab their attention, what's going to engage them, so that's the biggest thing," said special education teacher, Michelle Yaghman.
Lots of parents are very involved in the school.
"I think we just have a principal who has raised the bar on excellence, and we've all just tried harder than we thought we ever could, and we've accomplished more than we ever thought we could," said parent Dee Dee Wilson Barton, the school site counselor president.
So the recipe for success? Great leadership, teachers, parents and of course the students, so kids like Chloe Barton can reach their dreams.
"I want to be a doctor," said Chloe.
By being a National Blue Ribbon School, Katherine Finchy joins a prestigious list of only 315 in the nation.