Anderson High has won the prestigious Polk County School Choice Award for a fourth consecutive year, after the school won its first ever award for Excellence in Education.
The award was announced this morning at a press conference held at the school by the Polk County Commissioner of Education, Michael Rupp.
Anderson is home to the world-renowned Anderson College of Art, Music and Design.
It was also the first school in Polk County to win the Polk College Scholarship in Art and Design from the University of Tennessee.
Anderson also won the Polk Community Service Award for excellence in community service in 2018, and has been named Polk County’s Teacher of the Year since 2014.
The school has seen an increase in students since its establishment in the 1980s.
The Polk County Department of Education awarded the school $100,000 in scholarships and grants in 2017 to help pay for the construction of new classroom space, new athletic facilities and new academic facilities, as well as to assist in the recruitment and retention of new students.
Anderson’s school, which has more than 2,000 students, has been rated among the best in the state for students with special needs.
It has also received the Polk Excellence in Teaching Excellence award in the past.
In 2018, the school placed fourth among the top 10 districts in the nation for the number of students enrolled in kindergarten through Grade 12.
The district also ranked first in its school system for the average teacher and second for the proportion of teachers with a bachelor’s degree.
Anderson said in a statement that the school’s graduates have made significant contributions to the county.
The high school has won accolades from local news outlets including The New York Times, The Associated Press, The Des Moines Register, and ABC News.
Anderson High School’s Principal, Matthew Hecht, said the award was a culmination of more than a decade of hard work and dedication by the students, teachers and administrators.
Hecht said he and his staff have a lot of faith in the students and the staff.
“Anderson High is a place of incredible opportunity,” Hecht said.
“And we are proud to be a part of that.”