Spark Academy was launched last year as part of the turnaround program suggested by Lawrence Public School Superintendent/Receiver Jeffrey C. Riley. The school was chosen because the middle school had been designated a Level 4 school which have been under performing in achievement, student growth and the statewide MCAS test.
Qazilbash and his staff studied similar programs in other parts of the country where children learn more effectively when they raised their heart rates by exercising, before going to the classroom.
Riley is pleased with the work at the school.
“All signs indicate that the first year at SLE Fifth Grade Academy has been the success we expected it to be, with students, parents and staff all responding well to the unique approach,” Riley said. “We’re excited to be moving forward with the plan to let it grow, and seeing the progress continue with more students under the Spark Academy name.”