UCS personalized learning model earns national
recognition for innovation and student success


Utica Community Schools is among only 62 school districts honored nationally for providing innovative programs that have a direct impact on student success.

The district’s early elementary personalized blended learning model has earned a “District of Distinction” award from the national District Administration magazine.

“We are pleased to honor Utica Community Schools as a District of Distinction,” said JD Solomon, editorial director at District Administration magazine. “Like all our honorees, UCS serves as a model for school leaders across the country.”

The Utica Community Schools: College Readiness Begins in Kindergarten was recognized in the individualized/personalized learning category by the magazine.

The digital-based personalized blended learning model was initially implemented in kindergarten classrooms more than two years ago with the Class of 2025, reaching nearly 2,000 students. The model has since been extended into first and second grades, impacting a total of 6,000 students this year.


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