Our school district has received a prestigious award in honor of grades 6 through 8. In order to win a School of Distinction award, student achievement must improve over a five year period of time (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012) as it relates to spring MSP scores within the content areas of Reading and Mathematics. Union Gap is one of 97 schools in the entire state to be selected for the 2012 award. Of that number, our school is one of 24 middle/junior high recipients (grades 6-8) of this year’s statewide Schools of Distinction award. Schools of Distinction honors are also being presented in the state to 54 elementary schools (grades 3-5) and 19 high schools (grades 9-12). There are no awards presented for grades K – 3 since those grades are not part of the spring testing program. In a nutshell, Union Gap is one of the 5% highest improving schools in the state of Washington for increased Reading and Mathematics achievement over the past five years. In our opinion, we believe the award is really a Preschool through Grade 8 award since ALL of our staff have had a hand in the success of our older students!
Welcome to the Union Gap School District and home of the Cubs!
The district’s Mission Statement is very clear: The School Board, administration, staff and parents of the Union Gap School District are committed to providing a quality educational experience for all students. Our vision is Practice, Respect, Integrity and Dedication to Education (PRIDE).I can assure you that you will be treated with respect and dignity upon your arrival to our campus. We take pride in our educational community's efforts which involves all the stakeholders - students, staff, parents, community patrons and board members. We instill student pride by stressing that student’s “dress for success” as part of their educational experience. Hence, we require school uniforms as part of our attendance requirements.
We are a progressive school district that celebrates the positive accomplishments of our area youth. We truly believe we are an effective school district however effective schools are always changing and evolving as needed. The seven basic characteristics of an Effective School, as defined by Phi Delta Kappan (adapted), are:
Please stop for a visit anytime. My door is open and I sincerely would appreciate your input for improving our school district. We look forward to working with you as a partner in making your child’s educational experience rewarding and productive.
Kurt H. Hilyard