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April 27, 2017


MRHHS is Once Again Named as a 2017 Breakthrough School

Maplewood Richmond Heights High School has successfully completed the Breakthrough Schools redesignation process. As such, MRH has earned recognition as a 2017 National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) "Breakthrough School" as a result of the hard work of the students, teachers, and school community.     

NASSP is the leading organization of and voice for school principals, assistant principals, and school leaders from across the United States and in over 35 countries around the world.

Founded in 1916, NASSP's mission is to connect and engage school leaders through advocacy, research, education, and student programs.

The Breakthrough Schools program, initiated in 2007, identifies, recognizes, and showcases middle level and high schools that serve large numbers of students living in poverty and are high achieving or dramatically improving student achievement.

In a press release on the NASSP website they state:

“Goals are not goals at this diverse urban school; they are “areas of attack”. This forceful attitude yielded significant and consistent student achievement over time. Teachers, in teams, benchmark against state standards, utilize assessment growth measures, and review student work with each other to improve teaching and learning. Students are given model papers that make expectations clear and, via flexible scheduling, are given intensive support as needed during the school day to address deficits. There is “no opt out” for any member of the MRHHS community in this culture.”

The National Principals Conference (NPC) will be held July 9 – 11, 2017 in Philadelphia, PA.

Also, MRHHS has been selected as the Missouri College and Career Transition Award recipient from among all of the applicants for the 2016-17 ACT College and Career Readiness Campaign. They share:

“On behalf of the Missouri ACT Council, we commend you and your staff at Maplewood-Richmond Heights for the outstanding work that you do to prepare students for college and career.”

As the high school exemplar, MRHHS will receive a banner and recognition certificate and will move forward in the consideration process for national recognition. National semifinalists will receive awards in recognition of their achievement. From those semifinalists, a national selection committee composed of national education and workforce leaders will choose four national exemplars. These national exemplars, along with all state exemplars and semifinalists, will be honored at an ACT event in fall 2017. The national exemplars will receive plaques and recognition from ACT at the event in Iowa City.


For more information, contact MRH School District at (314) 644-4400.