CHRISTIANSBURG (WSLS 10) - Montgomery County Public School students and teachers head back to class on Tuesday.
Leaders say the district is starting classes on a high note after big gains were made last school year. Eighteen of the 19 schools in the district are fully accredited - compared to 15 schools which were accredited in 2013.
A push for more student engagement, personalized learning and use of technology helped boost test scores and promotion rates.
Coaching staff that worked with teachers on planning effective lessons has also had an impact.Each school is working to continue progress this school year.
Principal of Christiansburg High School, Dr. Kevin Siers, says educators are more prepared and excited for classes than they've been in years.
Siers says he's hopeful that the added enthusiasm will lead to more gains this school year.