Horton Elementary marks student achievement, academic gains with 100th Day of School celebration

Posted: Monday, February 10th 2020

On February 5, 2020, Horton Elementary joined many San Diego schools in marking the 100th day of the current school year. But at Horton, there was more to celebrate.

Once listed as among the city's lower-performing schools, Horton was recently recognized for the academic gains being shown by its students – including 13% and 6% improvements this year on English Language Arts and Math assessments, respectively.

The campus has also seen overall improvement in students’ behavior and attendance, according to Principal Staci Dent, who has overseen the school’s transformation during the past four years.

"As a mother of four children, I care deeply about the students – not just in the classroom- but what may be impacting their lives at home,” said Dent. “Showing the students that we care about them has translated into them caring about school and improving their behavior and mindset. I am so proud of the work we are doing here. It takes all of us working as a team to impact student learning.”

The celebration also highlighted students with perfect attendance, and included 100 physical fitness activities led by teachers on the school’s new soccer field, a joint venture between the City of San Diego and the San Diego Unified School District, in addition to a musical performance by renowned harpist Marie Antoinette.

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