BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — John Herbert Phillips Academy is among 50 schools across the state that will share $1 million granted by the Alabama Legislature during the 2018 legislative session.
Phillips Academy is the only school in state school board district four to be recognized. The schools will receive the earmarked funding for showing the most improvement in last year’s third grade reading results, according to a release from Birmingham City Schools.
As stated in the release, each school will receive a $20,000 check from the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) as a way of recognizing and incentivizing teachers and students who have worked hard to achieve proficiency in reading by the third grade in last year’s Scantron Performance Series Reading Assessment.
To give the faculty and students proper acknowledgment, Phillips Academy will host an Academic Pride Pep Rally to celebrate the honor on Friday, Aug. 24 in the school’s auditorium beginning at 8 a.m.
Next month a special recognition and award ceremony will take place at the ALSDE after the September Alabama State Board of Education meeting. Governor kay Ivey, Alabama legislators and other dignitaries will be present to congratulate all 50 schools.