PARIS, Ill. (WTWO/WAWV) — A local elementary school has been recognized as one of the best elementary schools in the state for the year 2023.

A press release from Superintendent of Schools in Paris Union School District No. 95, Jeremy Larson, sent a press release stating that  Memorial Elementary School was ranked one of the best elementary schools in the state by Niche.

The release states that Niche is “a trusted ranking system that helps families identify the best places to live and send their children to school.” Adding that Niche evaluates schools based on “various criteria, including academic performance, attendance, safety and discipline, parent surveys, teacher performance, programming offered to students and families, access to mental health services, and more.” 

Larson expressed his pride in the achievement.

“This recognition is a testament to the hard work, dedication, and collaboration of our staff, students, and families. We are committed to fostering a nurturing and engaging environment for our young learners, and we’re proud to be acknowledged for our efforts.”

The services at Memorial Elementary include full-day preschool through to second-grade classes. While Paris Union School District No. 95 offers free student programming from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. working to support families and ensure that all students have equal access to the provided educational services. 

Memorial Elementary School also has two full-time mental health professionals, a full-time parent educator, and personnel devoted to helping students in reading and math recovery. Some of the other ways Memorial Elementary goes above and beyond for its students are through monthly parent engagement activities, successful community collaborations focused on early career explorations, safety skill training, and fine arts programming.  

The Instructional Coach for the preschool programs, Erika Hollis, also shared her enthusiasm for the recognition.

“Our preschool team is dedicated to providing a strong foundation for our youngest students. This award reflects the passion and commitment we have for creating an exceptional learning experience for every child.”

The Paris School District and Memorial Elementary School said they are honored by the recognition and will keep working to provide educational experiences for their students and families.