Crater Renaissance Academy of Arts and Sciences in Central Point is one of eight schools across the country that's been given a "gold" recognition from the School of Opportunity project, sponsored by the National Education Policy Center.

Gold recognition is given to those high schools that help build on students’ strengths and create supported learning opportunities for all students, according to a release from the Central Point School District.

“Crater Renaissance Academy’s culture that focuses on acceptance, respect, care, kindness and ‘warm demands’ particularly stood out to the national team of reviewers,” Carol Burris, School of Opportunity project co-director, said in the release.

The NEPC, based at the University of Colorado Boulder, sponsors the Schools of Opportunity project, which identifies excellent public high schools that actively strive to close opportunity gaps — the differences in opportunities and resources that drive achievement gaps.

Applications went through four levels of screening by review teams comprised of researchers, teachers, policy makers and administrators, who looked at school practices that fell into categories, such as create and maintain healthy school culture; broaden and enrich school curriculum; use a variety of assessments designed to respond to student needs; and support teachers as professionals.

"Part of our mission statement is ‘to serve as a beacon school,’" said Renaissance Principal Adrienne Hillman in the release. "This honor allows us to continue our progress toward that goal."