Stagecoach Elementary Earns National Distinguished School Recognition

Stagecoach Elementary Earns National Distinguished School Recognition

Stagecoach Elementary Is one of only 100 schools nationwide to earn recognition from the National Association of ESEA State Program Administrators as a Distinguished School.

ROCK SPRINGS — Stagecoach Elementary School in Rock Springs can proudly boast a very distinct honor this month.

The National Association of ESEA State Program Administrators (NAESPA) announce this week that Stagecoach Elementary has been named a National ESEA Distinguished School by the state education agency in Wyoming.

Stagecoach is one of up to 100 schools throughout the country that is being nationally recognized for exceptional student achievement in 2020.

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“We are beyond honored and excited at Stagecoach for this honor.” said Stagecoach Principal Jennifer Martin-Palacios. “When I came to Stagecoach we made it a mission to go from a non-performing school status to distinguished school status. We wanted to be a school where staff members love to teach and students love to learn.”

A project of the NAESPA, the National ESEA Distinguished Schools Program publicly recognizes qualifying federally funded schools for the outstanding academic achievements of their students. 

It highlights the efforts of schools across the country making significant improvements for their students.

The program has been in place since 1996, showcasing the success of hundreds of schools in one of three categories:

  • Category 1: Exceptional student performance and academic growth for two consecutive years
  • Category 2: Closing the achievement gap between student groups for two or more consecutive years
  • Category 3: Excellence in serving special populations of students (e.g. homeless, migrant, English learners, etc.)

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) provides additional resources for vulnerable students and federal grants to state educational agencies to improve the quality of public elementary and secondary education.

Martin-Palacios Said she is pleased with the combined effort of faculty and staff to raise the bar at Stagecoach Elementary.

We have worked tirelessly including looking at data, overcoming achievement gaps, learning about diverse cultures, and have ongoing training to find out how to best reach our students. Through this process, we have found out a ton about ourselves and our students. Most importantly, we have learned how much we love students and our community.

Stagecoach Elementary School Principal Jennifer Martin-Palacios

The Association is a membership organization made up of State ESEA Program Administrators, and their staff from each of the states and territories, charged with managing their state federal education program.

They ensure compliance with federal regulations, but more importantly, work to see that all children — especially those living in economically disadvantaged conditions — have the opportunity to receive a high-quality education.

NAESPA implements the National ESEA Distinguished Schools Program to highlight selected schools that have successfully used their ESEA federal funds to improve the education for all students–including economically disadvantaged students. More information about all National ESEA Distinguished Schools is available on the ESEA Network website: