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9 Schools Earn National Banner School Status

Congratulations to nine additional schools in Virginia who have earned National Banner School status as part of Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools program!

These nine schools schools have met the 10 national standards of inclusion and have been nominated by their state's Special Olympics program. The primary activities within these standards include: Special Olympics Unified Sports® (where students with and without disabilities train and compete as teammates), Inclusive Youth Leadership and Whole-School Engagement. Banner Unified Champion Schools should also be able to demonstrate they are self-sustainable or have a plan in place to sustain these activities into the future.

Great job to:

  • Forest Park High School
  • Freedom High School
  • Loudoun Valley High School
  • W.T. Woodson High School
  • Wakefield High School
  • William Fleming High School
  • Poe Middle School
  • Lane Elementary School
  • Woodley Hills Elementary School

Last year, six schools earned National Banner School status:

  • Kenmore Middle School
  • Bush Hill Elementary School
  • Frost Middle School
  • Robinson Secondary School
  • Northside High School
  • Robert E. Lee High School

Kenmore also was recognized by ESPN. You can read more here and watch the ESPN video from that exciting celebration.

Stay tuned to our Facebook page as we share these school-wide celebrations in the coming months!