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The National Title I Distinguished Schools program recognizes exemplary Title I schools that hold students to high standards and demonstrate exemplary school effectiveness in:

  • teaching and learning based on the approved state curriculum,
  • use of research-based instructional strategies,
  • opportunities provided for all students to achieve,
  • established partnerships with parents, families, and the community,
  • implementation of sustained research-based professional development, and
  • innovation and modeling for other schools.

Selected schools are recognized in one of two categories.

Schools in the Sustained Achievement category are recognized for showing a high (at least 80 percent) level of student proficiency in reading and mathematics and making Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for the most recent two years.

Schools in the Closing the Achievement Gap category are recognized for making significant progress in closing the achievement gap between student groups.

Since 1996, North Carolina has recognized Title I schools through this program, sponsored by the National Title I Association. Each year two North Carolina schools are recognized at the national level. More stories, information, and resources about the selection process and recognized schools are on this site.


Chocowinity Primary School
The National Title I Association is pleased to announce that Chocowinity Primary School from Chocowinity, North Carolina has been named a National Title I Distinguished School by the North Carolina State Department of Education. Chocowinity Primary School (CPS) is being recognized for exceptional student performance for two or more consecutive years. CPS takes pride in meeting the physical, emotional, and academic needs of all children in order to sustain achievement. At CPS, everyone is a family and works together to ensure that all students are successful.


North Elementary School
At North Elementary we believe in teaching and meeting the needs of each student, inside and outside the classroom. We utilize authentic teacher-made instructional materials as well as technology to best meet student needs. We provide interventions during a common grade level intervention time which helps ensure students do not miss regular classroom instruction. We provide after school PE clubs, Chorus, remediation/tutoring, parent nights that focus on curriculum and instruction, etc. We also believe in recognizing student achievement during our quarterly Awards Day Programs; whereas, each student is acknowledged for at least one success. We partner with our community to provide holiday meals, a Clothing Closet, a Backpack Ministry (which provides food for students on weekends), school supplies, coats, and other essential needs. Our staff works collaboratively to plan and implement highly engaging lessons that motivate students to learn. We continue to look for innovative ways to grow each student at North Elementary!