Posted: November 21, 2017
It is with great honor that Camas School District recognizes Hayes Freedom High School for receiving
the 2017 School of Distinction award. This award celebrates the top 5% of Washington high schools for
improving graduation rates and sustaining progress over the last five years. Hayes Freedom’s rate rose
from 68.2% in 2012 to 86.1% in 2017, reaching approximately 7% over the state average.
“The staff and students at Hayes Freedom High School have shown an incredible passion for personalized learning, which is reflected by this award,” commented Superintendent Jeff Snell.
Principal Amy Holmes said the Hayes Freedom community is honored by the award, though the
greatest reward of all is sharing in the excitement the students experience as they receive their diplomas
The School of Distinction award not only recognizes sustained improvement in high school graduation
rates but also lauds combined improvement in English language arts and math in Washington elementary and middle schools. In all, 52 elementary, 20 middle/junior high, and 27 high schools received the 2017 School of Distinction award. These 99 schools span all regions of the state and serve over 45,000 students from large urban to small rural communities and represent all nine Educational Service Districts.