Florida has nine winners in this year’s National Blue Ribbon Schools Program, out of 314 schools chosen nationwide.
The program honors public and private schools in one of two performance categories:
“Exemplary High Performing” is for schools that are among their state’s highest performers, as measured by state assessments or national tests.
“Exemplary Improving” recognizes schools with at least 40 percent of their students from disadvantaged backgrounds who demonstrate the most progress in improving student achievement levels.
“Achieving the level of excellence set by the Blue Ribbon Schools Awards is no easy task,” Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart said. “These schools are a model for others to follow, creating classrooms designed for student success.”
In Florida, the award winners were all selected in the Exemplary High Performing Schools category:
- West Melbourne Elementary School for Science, Brevard County
- West Shore Junior/Senior High School, Brevard County
- Imagine Charter School at Weston, Broward County
- Holy Family Catholic School, Diocese of St. Augustine
- Christina M. Eve Elementary School, Miami-Dade County
- Killearn Lakes Elementary School, Leon County
- Westlake Christian School, Palm Harbor
- Lincoln Avenue Academy, Polk County
- Partin Elementary School, Seminole County
In a letter to parents, Killearn Lakes Principal Brenda McGalliard said, “This kind of recognition only comes after the total commitment from the entire school community and a lot of hard work.”
The U.S. Department of Education will honor leaders from 264 public and 50 private schools at a recognition ceremony in Washington, DC next week.