Union Gap School is a small school making big waves. Serving only 665 students — a high number of which are from farm-working families — the school is laser-focused on meeting and exceeding standards. While all schools collect data on student progress, Union Gap excels at using those numbers effectively — and then gives teachers the latitude they need to create the perfect lessons for particular needs.
“We can make a change of something we see that’s just not quite right… we can make a change that [same] day,” says Kurt Hilyard, Superintendent of Union Gap School District.
Principal Lisa Gredvig challenges her staff to come up with their own curriculum, based on learning standards. This gives teachers the flexibility to be creative and best support students. This flexibility comes with its own challenges.
“Our teachers work hard — I mean really hard,” Principal Gredvig emphasizes.
Discover what this hard work has achieved and how this unique model offers support for English-language learners.
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
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