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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- It’s a school that has faced its share of academic challenges.

State standards were not being met and a new staff was brought in.

However, today is a new day at Hampton Elementary University Partnership Magnet -- a turnaround school in Guilford County.

The turnaround model was implemented in 2014.

The school has historically struggled academically and it constantly had to fight a negative reputation.

“It was a horrible feeling because you want your children to go to the best schools,” parent Jenean Herbin said.

Today people are still talking about the school, but for all the right reasons. After completing its first year of state testing -- the growth is evident.

“Our growth was double digit growth in science, three to five points in reading, and about five to seven points in math. We exceeded the expectation of the state in every area,” Principal Thyais Maxwell said.

Parents agree that the academic changes are evident.

“When she came in, she made a huge impact on me,” parent Tonya Cuthbertson said when speaking of Maxwell.

Herbin says her fifth-grade daughter’s grades improved from Cs and Bs to straight As.

The school has turned around much more than grades.

It has started a food pantry and clothing closet for students in need -- all done through community partnerships including working with local churches.

The United Methodist Women at Christ United Methodist Church is a partner.

“Over the last 15 months we've been able to send 12 books home with every child,” group president Carolyn McKinney said.

From parents to staff, they all agree the school’s growth is the result of working as a team.