Texas Honors Circle Award
For a second time, the Texas State Comptroller has recognized a Burnham Wood Charter School District with their prestigious Texas Honors Circle Award. This year the high performing Howard Burnham Elementary School has been selected as one of only 317 campuses in Texas to be acclaimed for its high academic performance and fiscal conservatism. It places this award winning charter school in the top 4% of all Texas public schools. In 2012, another Burnham Wood Charter campus, the Da Vinci School for Science & the Arts, received the Honors Circle Award. Burnham Wood Charter School District attributes its success to the commitment to its vision and mission by its Board of Directors; its Administrative and Instructional Leadership; its dedicated teachers, students and, of course, its parents.
In early December, Texas Comptroller Susan Combs announced the 2013 Texas Honors Circle. This award recognizes school districts and campuses that have achieved significant student academic growth while keeping spending relatively low.
Each Texas public and charter school campus receives a FAST rating from one to five stars. Each campus’s FAST rating is determined by taking the average of the district’s composite academic progress percentile and its spending index. The Texas Honors Circle recognizes campuses that have achieved superior student academic growth while keeping spending low. To achieve Texas Honors Circle designation, an elementary school must have a five-star FAST rating, while middle and high schools must attain a rating of at least 4.5 stars. Middle and high schools have a slightly lower threshold because they are less likely than elementary schools to achieve high academic progress scores.