Cool at School: Academic Achievement on the Rise

LAS VEGAS -- The principal at Sewell Elementary School in Henderson is earning accolades for her effort to improve her students' academic achievement.

Principal Carrie Buck is credited with taking at-risk students, with low test scores in the 30 percentile, and helping them raise those test scores to the 70 percentile. Kathy Gamboa, with the University of Phoenix, says Buck has included students, parents and faculty in the process to help elevate those scores.

One student described what makes Sewell "cool at school."

"You learn what you need to know. There are teachers that will sit next to you and help you every step of the way," she said.

The University of Phoenix is featuring Buck and the school's accomplishments on a national advertising campaign. Buck said the publicity takes some getting used to.

"I'm definitely a humble person, so I don't really like the spotlight. It's so much more than just me. The staff here gives 100 percent each and every day," said Buck. 


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