Seven Georgia public schools join the national list of 256 public schools and 49 private schools to be named 2011 National Blue Ribbon Schools by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Out of the state honorees, Metro Atlanta shines with five Blue Ribbon schools in the area.
Alpharetta’s Fulton Science Academy, Cobb County’s Timber Ridge Elementary, Fayette County’s Peachtree City Elementary, and Forsyth County’s Big Creek Elementary school rounds out the list of local public schools. Brookhaven’s Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic School is the area’s private school and one of two in the state.
The No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon Schools award distinguishes and honors schools for helping students achieve at very high levels and for making significant progress in closing the achievement gap.
State School superintendent Dr. John Barge commends the seven public schools for their outstanding performance. Dr. Barge says, “I am thrilled that the students, teachers, and staff of these schools were recognized on a national level for excellence. These awards are just another example of some of the great things happening in our schools.”
On a global economic note, preparing children to success today is the key to national survival tomorrow. U-S Secretary of Education Arne Duncan says, “America’s long-term economic prosperity and civic engagement depends on our children receiving a world-class education. National Blue Ribbon Schools are committed to accelerating student achievement and preparing students for success in college and careers. Their success is an example for others to follow.”
The National Blue Ribbon Schools will be honored during a two day award ceremony in Washington DC, starting November 14th
Making the grade to earn this honor is broken down into two categories. The first is High Performing Schools. These are the schools that scored in the top 10 percent in student achievement/assessment test. In the case of private schools, that score is based on the highest performance level on nationally-normed tests.
The second category is Dramatically Improved Schools. These are schools with at least a 40 percent economically disadvantaged student population, and has improved student performance to high levels as measured by the school’s performance on state assessments or nationally-normed tests.
For more details on the Blue Ribbon School criteria processes visit the U-S Department of Education website.