WASHINGTON -- Seven Cleveland-area schools have been named National Blue Ribbon Schools of 2011, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced today.
St. Joan of Arc (Chagrin Falls), Timmons Elementary School (Bainbridge), St. Barnabas (Northfield), Citizens Academy (Cleveland), Kensington Intermediate School (Rocky River), St. Angela Merici (Fairview Park) and St. Francis Xavier School (Medina) will be honored at a conference and awards ceremony on Nov. 14 and 15 in Washington, D.C.
2011 Blue Ribbon Schools
"America's long-term economic prosperity and civic engagement depends on our children receiving a world-class education," Duncan said.
"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 award honors public and private elementary, middle and high schools where students achieve at high levels or where the achievement gap is narrowing.
This year, 304 schools will be recognized as National Blue Ribbon Schools.
Since 1982, more than 6,500 of America's schools have received this coveted award.
The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private schools based on one of two criteria:
- Schools whose students are high performing. These are schools ranked among each state's highest performing schools as measured by their performance on state assessments or, in the case of private schools, that score at the highest performance level on nationally-normed tests;
- Schools with at least 40 percent of their students from disadvantaged backgrounds that improve student performance to high levels as measured by the school's performance on state assessments or nationally-normed tests.
Before selecting National Blue Ribbon Schools, the Department asks for nominations from the top education official in every state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, the Department of Defense Education Activity and the Bureau of Indian Education.
The Council for American Private Education (CAPE) nominates private schools. A total of 413 schools nationwide are nominated, based on the number of K-12 students and the number of schools in each jurisdiction. The schools are invited by the Secretary of Education to submit an application for possible recognition as a National Blue Ribbon School.