HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Only 14 schools across the nation earned the 2010 "School of Distinction" title from the National College For Every Student Program. And one Hawaii middle school managed earn it.
On Tuesday, Dole Middle School was presented with the School of Distinction Banner for making strides in preparing students for college.
The school also received a certificate for extraordinary leadership and commitment to their students and staff in mentoring, promotion of academic excellence and demonstrated gains in academic achievement of their students.
Department of Education superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi released this statement:
"Building Hawaii's future by ensuring that all students demonstrate readiness for college, career, and citizenship in the global society of the 21st century."
Rep. John Mizuno presented the certificate for school principal Arnie Kikkawa.
"Education has always been a top priority for Hawaii and it is important for parents and students to understand and trust the public school system because this system can provide all students the foundation to pursue unlimited opportunities," Mizuno said.
Dole Middle School is the only school in Hawaii to receive the prestigious award.
"Hawaii deeply values education and now we can say that Dole Middle School is recognized as one of the best schools in the nation for preparing their students for higher education," Mizuno said.