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Sherwood Forest and Meadowlark in the Top 25 Elementary Schools in North Carolina

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Sherwood 6NOVEMBER 19, 2021 – Two Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools were ranked in the Top 25 Elementary Schools in North Carolina by U.S. News & World Report.

Sherwood Forest was ranked No. 12, and Meadowlark Elementary was ranked No. 25.

Schools were ranked based on students’ performance on state-required tests and on how well the schools prepare their students for middle and high school.

Jacob Lowther is the principal at Sherwood Forest.

"The last few school years have been difficult ones due to the pandemic for educators, students and families,” Lowther said. 

“Everyone in every part of the education process in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools should be commended for working creatively and tirelessly to provide the best education possible for all our students.”

“It is great for Sherwood Forest Elementary School to be acknowledged for the hard work and dedication from our outstanding teachers, caring support staff, dedicated students, and supportive families. We are truly blessed to have this wonderful school community."-

Sherwood 5Sarah Patten is the Teacher of the Year at Sherwood Forest. 

“Working with such a tremendous team of creative and giving colleagues, students, and parents is such an honor!” Patten said.

“The collaboration and support from our administration and our community is the key to Sherwood Forest's success! We witness this everyday – rain or shine, pandemic or not!”

Kathryn Steen is the Instructional Technology Facilitator at Sherwood Forest.

"Being recognized feels good!” Steen said.

“The affirmation is reassuring when so much of the news about schools these days is negative. Often, when I read those comments and stories, I think that folks need to experience school the way it happens at Sherwood Forest.”

“This community strives every day to support one another and to do our best, both individually and collectively. It's the committed people that make Sherwood special and I am glad to be a part!"

Neil Raymer is the principal at Meadowlark.

“Meadowlark Elementary Explorers are reminded daily to search for their success,” Raymer said.

“We continually SEARCH for Success: Successful Explorers are Respectful, Caring, and Hardworking.  We strive to provide continuous opportunities for our students to succeed in academic, emotional, and social experiences.” 

“Our teachers provide opportunities for every child to reach their potential by providing differentiated learning through engaging instruction, often provided in small flexible groupings. Student learning is further enriched through Reading Buddies, integration of technology, and our Lego Lab.” 

Meadow 1“Meadowlark’s students are invited to participate in our extracurricular activities that incorporate the arts and academics outside the classroom. Whether it is participation in Battle of the Books, Odyssey of the Mind, Science Fair, Art, or Chorus, our students routinely gain confidence in themselves while demonstrating award-winning success.” 

“Our Explores experience and develop leadership skills through serving on the safety patrol, flag patrol, news team, and the Kindness and Compassion Council.  Elementary school is the foundation that supports all future learning.  Here at Meadowlark, we strive to provide a foundation that will uphold our students throughout their lifetime of a continued search for success.”

In the release from U.S. News & World Report, here was the write-up for Sherwood Forest:

Sherwood Forest Elementary is a public school located in Winston Salem, N.C., which is in a mid-size city setting. The student population of Sherwood Forest Elementary is 688 and the school serves PK-5. At Sherwood Forest Elementary, 81% of students scored at or above the proficient level for math, and 81% scored at or above that level for reading.

The school’s minority student enrollment is 26%. The student-teacher ratio is 14:1, which is the same as that of the district. The student population is made up of 49% female students and 51% male students. The school enrolls 15% economically disadvantaged students. There are 50 equivalent full-time teachers and 1 full-time school counselor.

Meadow 2Here was the write-up for Meadowlark:

Meadowlark Elementary is a public school located in Winston-Salem, N.C., which is in a mid-size city setting. The student population of Meadowlark Elementary is 825 and the school serves PK-5. At Meadowlark Elementary, 76% of students scored at or above the proficient level for math, and 78% scored at or above that level for reading.

The school’s minority student enrollment is 37%. The student population is made up of 50% female students and 50% male students. The school enrolls 21% economically disadvantaged students. There are 55 equivalent full-time teachers and 2 full-time school counselors.