Chippawa County schools have been ranked among the best in the state, with schools that focus on learning and character that students feel confident about learning and the students who thrive at the school experience, according to a new report from the Washington State Department of Education.
Chippawa schools have a wide range of academic and cultural offerings.
The majority of Chippaws are enrolled in charter schools, which allow students to pay for their own tuition and fees through the county.
Chippawas also have access to some state funding, but most schools are run by the Chittenden County Department of Public Instruction, which has received a $2.5 million grant from the state.
Chittendens have an average graduation rate of 69 percent, according the Washington Department of Labor and Workforce Development.
The district also has a school-to-prison pipeline of about 300 students who are expected to graduate from the district’s public schools by 2021.
The district has a long history of making a strong impact on students’ lives.
In recent years, the district has focused on reducing suspensions, ending the use of solitary confinement and offering opportunities for students to participate in the arts.
Chizamo Mayor David Goss said Chittendeens schools have improved in ways that have had a huge impact on the city’s community.
The community has seen significant improvements in school enrollment and the overall quality of life, he said.
The school district is also working on creating a new school district for Chittawa and the neighboring towns of Mecosta, Saguache and Tewksbury, Goss added.
Chisago County, which includes Chippaway, has been struggling for years to get public funds to build a new elementary school.
That school has been in the works since 2009.
But funding issues have been a sticking point, and the county has yet to find a solution.
The state is expected to provide $30 million to help Chisago build a $10 million elementary school in 2019, according a news release from the department.