S.A.I.L. High School Wins Award

By: Jill Chandler; Leon Schools Press Release Email
By: Jill Chandler; Leon Schools Press Release Email

S.A.I.L. high school students had plenty to smile about on Tuesday.

S.A.I.L. is one of six schools in the nation to be chosen as the inaugural recipient of the College Board Award for Excellence.

The award celebrates schools that have implemented art programs that promote student learning and creativity. S.A.I.L. students say the national honor is a big deal for the small school.

Melissa Farrell is a dancer at S.A.I.L. She said, "I'm so excited that S.A.I.L. actually got this award because you know we are one of the smallest schools in Tallahassee. We only have 400 kids, and you know what we are going to show them that we can still run with the other high schools."

The students showcased their talents held at the school this Tuesday morning. Performances included a yo-yo'er, a bluegrass band, a choir and a poetry reading.

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SAIL High School Receives National Award for Innovation in the Arts

Tallahassee, FL - SAIL High School is one of six schools in the United States to be chosen as the inaugural recipient of the College Board Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts. Granted to one school in each of the College Board regions, this award was established to recognize and celebrate the achievements of K-12 institutions that have implemented an arts program that promotes student learning and creativity in exemplary and innovative ways.

“SAIL High School continues on the path of excellence and high performance,” said Superintendent Jackie Pons. “This national recognition only reinforces the success of their students, parents, staff and community and I congratulate everyone on this great achievement.”
SAIL was chosen from applicants across the College Board’s Southern region, which consists of 10 states (LA, MS, AL, GA, FL, SC, NC, TN, KY, VA).

“The selection committee was very impressed with the diverse array of student artwork that was reflected in SAIL’s work sample and the high level of engagement and achievement that was reflected throughout. Your commitment to admitting students to SAIL regardless of their prior art experience and academic achievement, shows a commitment to access and equity that we greatly admire, and makes the high level of artistic and academic achievement even more inspiring. We are delighted to present SAIL High School with a $3,000 award to support its exemplary arts programming.”
-- Nancy Rubino, Director of Office of Academic Initiatives at the College Board

Tiffany Thomas, Assistant Principal, will accept the award on behalf of SAIL at the College Board’s Regional Forum in Atlanta on February 10- 11, 2011


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  • by Arthur Location: Southside Tallahassee on Mar 20, 2011 at 04:39 AM
    Sail students and staff are a breath of fresh air 2 the entire Sunshine state public school system, especially the capital city "Tallahassee" Thanks and keep up the awesome work guys. ah! you make us smile...
  • by MarCar Location: Tallahassee on Jan 27, 2011 at 09:46 AM
    SAIL high school has less than 400 students and excels in almost every area. The fantastic ARTS opportunities at SAIL serve to not only allow students to find their creative vein, but motivates them to excel academically as well. Not mentioned in the article was the excellent Science program and the fact that SAIL received a huge award last fall to build their own robot and participate in the upcoming Robotics Competition. Part of the program on Tuesday highlighted the just "born" robot the students are building. Arts and Innovative learning is what SAIL is about. This award by the College Board recognizes the success such a program means for each and every student. Innovative teaching allows the potential of every individual to be tapped, nurtured and brought into the light to shine. Congratulations to every student at SAIL who let's the gifted staff and teachers at SAIL crack open their minds, touch their hearts and give them the incentive to not just succeed but to soar.
  • by Cindy Location: Tallahassee on Jan 27, 2011 at 09:32 AM
    I too am a very PROUD parent of two students at SAIL High School. I absolutely love this school as do my sons!
  • by Marlene Farrell on Jan 27, 2011 at 08:44 AM
    As a parent of a Sail student I am thrilled to see the school and their students,teachers get this well deserved award. Sail is a great school. My daughter is doing tremondous due to there arts program and style of teaching which includes all the students. Sail is the first school that I have known that encourages all its students to develope there own style of learning and a creative style. I am a PROUD parent of a SAIL student.
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