133 English Programs Are Named ‘Centers of Excellence’

October 28, 1987 14 min read
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The National Council of Teachers of English has named 133 elementary and secondary schools as “centers of excellence” for 1987.

Located in 38 states and two Canadian provinces, the schools were chosen in recognition of their high-quality programs in English-language arts. Since the program is intended to promote excellence in the teaching of English, ncte officials note, the schools being honored have agreed to supply written descriptions of their programs and to arrange for educators from other schools to sit in on classes. Educators are encouraged to visit the schools or to write them for information about the programs cited.

Listed below are the names and addresses of the schools, as well as contact people and program titles.


Jim Pearson School

School Road

Alexander City, Ala. 35010

Contact: Barbara Thompson

Thematic Curriculum With Shared Book/Shared Journal


Dryden Middle School
0014 Crazy Horse Drive

Juneau, Alaska 99801

Contact: Thomas A. Drazdowski

The RTD4 Team

McNeil Canyon Elementary School

Pouch 15015 Fritz Creek Branch via

Homer, Alaska 99603

Contact: Debbie Piper

Writing in a Natural Environment

Monroe Catholic High School
15 Monroe St.

Fairbanks, Alaska 99701

Contact: Kathleen Norris

The Four Year Curriculum


B Building, Holbrook High School
55 North 8th Ave.

Holbrook, Ariz. 86025

Contact: Phyllis McGinnes

Advanced Placement English

in Curriculum

Kayenta Intermediate School

P.O. Box 337 K.U.S.D. #27

Kayenta, Ariz. 86033

Contact: Tess Ritchhart

Language Experience

John Jacobs School
4421 North 23rd Ave.

Phoenix, Ariz. 85023

Contact: Merle Valenzuela

Literature Reading Program

Madison School District
601 North 16th St.

Phoenix, Ariz. 85016

Contact: Jody Chambers

Madison Writing Project

Sechrist Elementary School

Ft. Valley Road

Flagstaff, Ariz. 86001

Contact: Peggy VerVelde

Program for Learning Competent


Williams Elementary School
01 North 7th

Williams, Ariz. 86046

Contact: Peggy VerVelde

Program for Learning Competent



Mira Costa High School
01 Peck Ave.

Manhattan Beach, Calif. 90266

Contact: Diana Jacobson

Writing Program

Luther Burbank Junior High School
700 West Jeffries Ave.

Burbank, Calif. 91505

Contact: Jean Hill

The Write Stuff

Huntington Park High School
020 Miles Ave.

Huntington Park, Calif. 90255

Contact: Patricia Ellis

The Huntington Park Writers’


Holmes Junior High School
220 Drexel Drive

Davis, Calif. 95616

Contact: Kent Gill

Literature-Centered Language Arts


Palo Alto High School
0 Embarcadero Road

Palo Alto, Calif. 94301

Contact: Joan Schrick

The Reading Center

Valley High School
300 Ehrhardt Ave.

Sacramento, Calif. 95823

Contact: Maureen Jordon

Performing Arts--Theatre


Byers Learning Center, Room 118
50 South Pearl

Denver, Colo. 80209

Contact: Mary Ann Bash

Instructional Assistance Project

Zerger Elementary School

9050 Field St.

Westminster, Colo. 80020

Contact: Sue Ann Cook



Trumbull High School
2 Strobel Road

Trumbull, Conn. 06611

Contact: Paul Cervoni

Program in Oral Communications


Cooper City High School

9401 Stirling Road

Cooper City, Fla. 33328

Contacts: Audrey Dunn and Mary


Humanities: A Bridge to Ourselves

Television: A Reflection of American


Developmental Research School

Florida State University

Tallahassee, Fla. 32306-3025

Contact: Patricia Tolbert

drs Developmental Program

Piper High School

8000 N.W. 44th St.

Sunrise, Fla. 33321

Contact: Robin Gold

Piper High School Drama

Sabal Palm Elementary School
7101 N.E. 7th Ave.

North Miami Beach, Fla. 33162

Contact: Joyce Fine

Shakespeare Goes to 3rd and 4th



Northside High School
875 Northside Drive

Atlanta, Ga. 30305

Contact: Rosemary Lockard

Northside Writes


South Junior High School
29 West Greenhurst

Nampa, Idaho 83651

Contact: Marjorie Lake

Junior High Language Arts


Barrington High School
16 West Main St.

Barrington, Ill. 60010

Contact: L. Dale Griffith

Junior English and the Interrelated


Carbondale Community High School
00 North Springer Ave.

Carbondale, Ill. 62901

Contact: Greg Johnson

English Language Arts Program

Evanston Township High School
600 Dodge Ave.

Evanston, Ill 60204

Contact: Malcolm E. Stern

Humanities: For All Freshmen

Fenton High School
000 West Green St.

Bensenville, Ill. 60106

Contact: Angela A. Durkin

Developmental Reading

Glenbard West High School
70 Crescent Boulevard

Glen Ellyn, Ill. 60134

Contact: Ellen Ljung

The Learning Skills Center

Henking School
941 Linneman St.

Glenview, Ill. 60025

Contact: Charles Sentell

The Language Arts Program

Homewood-Flossmoor High School

999 Kedzie Ave.

Flossmoor, Ill. 60422

Contact: Leslie R. Wilson

English Synergistic Series

Winnetka Public Schools
235 Oak St.

Winnetka, Ill. 60093

Contact: Janet Aliapoulios

Teacher Support Program

University High School
212 West Springfield Ave.

Urbana, Ill. 61801

Contact: Audrey Wells

The Inside Out Classroom: An Inter-

disciplinary Approach to Senior Year


Columbus North High School
400 25th St.

Columbus, Ind. 47201

Contact: Shirley A. Lyster

Integrated Language Arts Program:

Modified Phase Elective Program

Batchelor Middle School

900 Gordon Pike

Bloomington, Ind. 47401

Contact: Helen Hollingsworth

Writing Skills


Bettendorf Middle School
030 Middle Road

Bettendorf, Iowa 52722

Contact: Leo Schubert

Writing Workshop

Pleasant Valley Community High


Belmont Road

Pleasant Valley, Iowa 52767

Contact: Rex Grove

pcvhs Writing Lab

Roosevelt Elementary School
11 Greenwood Drive

Iowa City, Iowa 52240

Contact: Sylvia Forsyth

Roosevelt Literacy Program

Centerville High School

Tenth and Liberty

Centerville, Iowa 52544

Contact: Joan Hoffman

Community Involvement Program:

Job Profile

City High School
900 Morningside Drive

Iowa City, Iowa 52240

Contact: Lu Salisbury

Language Arts: Education is Helping the Child Realize his Potentialities


Theodore Roosevelt Elementary

401 Houston

Manhattan, Kan. 66502

Contact: Karen Rappoport

Whole Language Literacy Program:



Capitol Senior High School
000 North 23rd St.

Baton Rouge, La. 70802

Contact: Evelyn Alford

Capitol High Writing Center


Mt. Ararat School

Route 201

Topsham, Maine 04086

The Reading Center

Gifted Program

Brookside School

Pleasant Street School

Junior High School

Drummond Ave.

Waterville, Maine 04901

Contact: Dorothy Raymond

Individualized Reading Program


North Harford High School
11 Pylesville Road

Pylesville, Md. 21132

Contact: James L. Mason

Journalism/Student Publications

Springbrook High School
01 Valleybrook Drive

Silver Spring, Md. 20904

Contact: Nancy Traubitz

Cross-Disciplinary Units in the

English Department

Westminster High School
225 Washington Road

Westminster, Md. 21157

Contact: Barry Gelsinger

The Writing Program


The Cambridge Rindge and Latin

59 Broadway

Cambridge, Mass. 02138

Contact: Bob Riordan

Writing and Staff Development in the Teaching of Writing


Vicksburg High School
01 East Highway

Vicksburg, Mich. 49097

Contact: Patricia Puia

Cross-Disciplinary Humanities


St. Michael School
14 West College Ave.

Marquette, Mich. 49855

Contact: Sister Carol Schlicksup

Integrated Language Arts Program

Seaholm High School
436 West Lincoln

Birmingham, Mich. 48009

Contact: John Klemme

Flexible Scheduling Program

Oakley Park Elementary School
015 Oakley Park Road

Walled Lake, Mich. 48088

Contact: Heidi Wilkins

Let Them Write


Lakeville High School
9455 Kenwood Trail

Lakeville, Minn. 55044

Contact: Ed Mako

Word Processing and the Process of Writing

John Marshall High School
510 14th St., N.W.

Rochester, Minn. 55901

Contact: Ted Kueker

Teacher Aide Program

Hopkins High School
400 Lindbergh Drive

Minnetonka, Minn. 55343

Contact: James Motzko

Senior High Writing Program


Hazelwood West Junior/Senior High


#1 Wildcat Lane

Hazelwood, Mo. 63042

Contact: Anne Wright

Hazelwood West Writing Lab

Horton Watkins High School
201 South Warson Road

St. Louis, Mo. 63124

Contact: Bill Heyde

Innovation (Writing)

Parkway South High School

801 Hanna Road

Manchester, Mo. 63021

Contact: Patrick Berger

Reading/Writing Across the


Pattonville High School
497 Creve Coeur Mill Road

Maryland Heights, Mo. 63043

Contact: Susan Heggarty

Writing Center

Pettibone Elementary School
00 North St.

Hannibal, Mo. 63401

Contact: Jill Janes

Whole Language Literature-Based


Rock Bridge High School
303 South Providence Road

Columbia, Mo. 65203

Contact: Khaki Westerfield

Reading and English in Tandem

Rock Bridge High School
303 South Providence Road

Columbia, Mo. 65203

Contact: Donna Loyd

Writing in Content Areas

Hickman High School
104 North Providence Road

Columbia, Mo. 65201

Contact: Donna Loyd

Writing in Content Areas

Hickman High School
104 North Providence Road

Columbia, Mo. 65201

Contact: Anne Marshall

American Culture

Truman High School
301 South Noland Road

Independence, Mo. 64055

Contact: Ronald D. Clemons


Center Senior High School

8715 Holmes

Kansas City, Mo. 64131

Contact: Mary Lu Foreman

Literary Magazine


Frenchtown High School

Frenchtown, Mont. 59834

Contact: Rick Unruh

Computer-Assisted Writing Program

Ponderosa Elementary School
188 King Ave. East

Billings, Mont. 59101

Contact: Carole Jones

Chapter I Help One Student

to Succeed


Hastings Senior High School
00 West 14th

Hastings, Neb. 68901

Contact: Betty Kort

Prairie Humanists, Past and Present

Lincoln Southeast High School
930 South 37th St.

Lincoln, Neb. 68506

Contact: Louise E. Alfrey

Contemporary Literature Guest

Adult Listener Program

New Hampshire

Contoocook Valley School District

Route 202 North

Peterborough, N.H. 03458

Contact: Paula Flemming

Becoming a District of Writers

Wheelock School
4 Adams St.

Keene, N.H. 03431

Contact: Ann Ayotte

Write On With Us

New Jersey

Roselle Catholic High School
Raritan Road

Roselle, N.J. 07203

Contact: Julius Gottilla

English II: Speech

Tenakill School
75 High St.

Closter, N.J. 07624

Contact: Edith Ziegler

Building Communication of Readers

and Writers

Hightstown High School

Leshin Lane

Hightstown, N.J. 08520

Contact: Kevin Akey

Humanities Program

Ethel McKnight School

Twin Rivers Drive

East Windsor, N.J. 08520

Contact: Carole Messersmith

Writing and Reading Workshops

in a K-5 School

Birchwood School

Art St.

Dover, N.J. 07801

Contact: Dolly Cinquino

K-8 esl

Bartle School

Mansfield St.

Highland Park, N.J. 08904

Contact:Harriet Schweitzer

Project Tool/Chest

Mahwah Township Public Schools

Ridge Road

Mahwah, N.J. 07430

Contact: Mary Murphy

Writing Program

New York

Ditmas Junior High School 62
00 Cortelyou Road

Brooklyn, N.Y. 11218

Contact: Rose Reissman

Writing Institute

The Fleming School
0 East 62nd St.

New York, N.Y 10021

Contact: John M. Barrett

Writing Through the Years

The International High School
3-10 Thomson Ave.

Long Island City

New York, N.Y. 11101

Contact: Marsha Slater

Integrated esl Program

Katonah-Lewisboro Schools

Katonah-Lewisboro School District

Katonah, N.Y. 10536

Contact: Kathleen Lauterbach

Teaching of Writing Network

Liverpool Central School District

800 4th St.

Liverpool, N.Y. 13088

Contact: Marian B. Schoenheit

Writing Workshop

Paul D. Schreiber High School
01 Campus Drive

Port Washington, N.Y. 11050

Contact: John Broza

English/Reading Program

for the Less Able

Writing Program

Scotia-Glenville High School

Sacandaga Road

Scotia, N.Y. 12302

Contact: Mary Hardt

The Joy of Communication

Public School 192
00 West 138th St.

New York, N.Y. 10031

Contact: Rita Compain

Open Sesame Program

St. Catherine Academy
250 Williamsbridge Road

Bronx, N.Y. 10469

Contact: Mary Nicolari

English/Social Studies Honors Program

Wayne Central High School
200 Ontario Center Road

Ontario Center, N.Y. 14520

Contact: Nancy DeMarte

Senior English Research

Project--The Future

Weber Junior High School

Port Washington Boulevard

Port Washington, N.Y. 11050

Contact: George Williams

Integrated Studies, Grade 8

North Carolina

Chatham County Public Schools

Harnett County Public Schools

Lee County Public Schools

Central Carolina Technical College
105 Kelly Drive

Sanford, N.C. 27330

Contact: Nancy Turner

Tri-County English Alliance

Providence Day School
800 Sardis Road

Charlotte, N.C. 28226

Contact: Kathy Taylor

The Writing Process Applied K-12

North Dakota

Grand Forks Public Schools

Grand Forks, N.D. 58201

Contact: Pat Johnston

riley (Reading is Lasting Enjoyment

For You)


Barrington Elementary School
780 Barrington Road

Upper Arlington, Ohio 43221

Contact: Mark Carter

Informal Alternative Program

Columbus School for Girls,

Drexel House

85 South Drexel Ave.

Columbus, Ohio 43209

Contact: Leslie Mass

Preschool/Kindergarten Integrated

Language Arts Program

Finneytown High School

8916 Fontainebleau Terrace

Cincinnati, Ohio 45231

Contact: Burton McCollom

Theatre Program

Indian Hill High School
845 Drake Road

Cincinnati, Ohio 45243

Contact: Elizabeth Ackley

Composition Program

Moreland Elementary School
65000 Van Aken Boulevard

Shaker Heights, Ohio 44120

Contact: Regie Routman

First Grade Literacy Program

Schroder Paideia Junior

High School
500 Lumford Place

Cincinnati, Ohio 45213

Contact: Mark Dressman

Integrated Language Arts Program

Southview High School
225 Sylvania Ave.

Sylvania, Ohio 43560

Contact: Nanette Fetter

Advanced Placement Literature

and Composition

West High School
79 South Powell Ave.

Columbus, Ohio 43204

Contact: Sheila Cantlebary

Apple Classroom of Tomorrow

Youngstown Public Schools
0 West Wood St.

Youngstown, Ohio 44503

Contact: Richard Sheely

Collaborative Efforts in

English Teaching

Youngstown State University

Department of English

Youngstown, Ohio 44555-0001

Contact: Barbara Brothers

Collaborative Efforts in

English Teaching


Holland Hall School
666 East 81st St.

Tulsa, Okla. 74137

Contact: Steve Kennedy

English Language Arts, K-12


Beaverton High School
3000 S.W. Second St.

Beaverton, Ore. 97005

Contact: Teresa Y. Brandon

Reader-Response Inquiry

Literature Program


Sewickley Academy Senior High

15 Academy Ave.

Sewickley, Pa. 15143

Contact: Victoria Polinko

Essential English Skills

Strath Haven High School
05 South Providence Road

Wallingford, Pa. 19086

Contact: Mark Taylor

Cross-Disciplinary Writing Program

South Carolina

Wade Hampton High School
00 Pine Knoll Drive

Greenville, S.C. 29609

Contact: Nancy Whitaker

Drama Department


Carlisle Elementary School
525 Old Orchard Drive

Plano, Tex. 75023

Contact: Judith Gasser

Literacy Development as a

Composing Process

North East Independent School

0333 Broadway

San Antonio, Tex. 78217

Contact: Fran Everidge

North East Writing Workshops

Ysleta ISD Administration and

Cultural Arts Center

9600 Sims

El Paso, Tex. 79925

Contact: Ginna L. Rhodes

The Writing Center

Hillcrest Junior High School

800 Hilton Ave.

El Paso, Tex. 79907

Contact: Sharon Knipp

The Reading Center

Carlos Watkins Junior High School
800 Cairnvillage

Houston, Tex. 77084

Contact: Teri A. Coburn

Writing Across the Curriculum

Brazosport Independent School

01 West Brazoswood Drive

Clute, Tex. 77531

Contact: Judy Gandy

Staff Development in Language Arts

Alamo Heights Junior High School
607 North New Braunfels

San Antonio, Tex. 78209

Contact: Kristine Riemann

Alamo Heights Junior High School

Writing Labs

Valley View Middle School

8674 North Loop

El Paso, Tex. 79907

Contact: Jackie Groh

Cross-Disciplinary Reading


Ysleta Junior High School

8691 Independence

El Paso, Tex. 79907

Contact: Pat Ware

Cross-Disciplinary Reading



Manti High School
North 1st West

Manti, Utah 84642

Contact: Dixie Dorius Bond

English 9-12


Albemarle County Schools
01 McIntire Road

Charlottesville, Va. 22901

Contact: Mallory S. Loehr

Pen Pal Staff Development Model


Edison Elementary School
315 East Adler St.

Walla Walla, Wash. 99362

Contact: Karen Smeed

Whole Language Primary


West Virginia

Parkersburg High School
101 Dudley Ave.

Parkersburg, W.Va. 26101

Contact: Malvin “Dan” Daniel

Using Computers to Teach Writing


Robert M. LaFollette Senior

High School
02 Pflaum Road

Madison, Wis. 53716

Contact: Evelyne Berge

English Skills

Rufus King High School for

the College Bound
801 West Olive St.

Milwaukee, Wis. 53209

Contact: Sandra Stark

Gifted--Advanced Placement

Community Elementary School
00 Elm High Drive

Edgerton, Wis. 53534

Contact: Velma L. Dauer

Language-Based Kindergarten

Reading Program

Wausau West High School
200 West Wausau Ave.

Wausau, Wis. 54401

Contact: Greg Venne

West High Writing Lab

West Salem Elementary School
30 West Garland St.

West Salem, Wis. 54669

Contact: Jeff Maas

Writing Program


MacDonald High School
7 Maple Ave.

Ste. Anne de Bellevue, Quebec

Canada H9X 2E5

Contact: Marilyn Wray

Integrated Language Arts/Language

for Life

Seigniory Elementary School
50 Seigniory

Pointe Claire, Quebec

Canada H9R 4R5

Contact: Lorna Varden

The Writing Process

University Elementary School
035 Utah Drive, N.W.

Calgary, Alberta

Canada T2N 3Z9

Contact: Marj Klem

Year 2-3 Language Arts Program

McArthur Elementary School
3535-134 St.

Edmonton, Alberta

Canada T5L 1W3

Contact: Lila Pulos

Cooperative Language Arts Program

LaPerle Elementary School
8715-97 A Ave.

Edmonton, Alberta

Canada T5T 4C1

Contact: M. Dale

Learning Styles in an Integrated

Language Arts Program

Crawford Plains School
210-12 Avenue

Edmonton, Alberta

Canada T6L 5V6

Contact: Linda Duncan

Language Arts Program

A version of this article appeared in the October 28, 1987 edition of Education Week as 133 English Programs Are Named ‘Centers of Excellence’


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