Iron River Elementary School in the Maple School District has earned national recognition for years of academic growth and exceptional student performance. It was among 73 schools nationwide to be named a 2019 ESEA Distinguished School.

The National Association of ESEA State Program Administrators has been selecting examples of superior, federally-funded school programs for national recognition through the program since 1996. It highlights schools that have effectively used their ESEA federal funds, particularly Title I dollars, to improve education outcomes for students. Title I provides funding to school districts to aid primarily in the education of economically disadvantaged students.

Iron River earned its distinguished school status through exceptional student performance and academic growth for two or more consecutive years.

The 2019 National ESEA Distinguished Schools will be honored February 5-6 at the 2020 National ESEA Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. A list of the schools is available online.