Thirteen schools in Michigan are being recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (USED) as 2019 National Blue Ribbon Schools, the Michigan Department of Education announced.
“I congratulate these schools for earning this distinguished national honor,” State Superintendent Dr. Michael F. Rice said. “The hard work and focus of the students and educators at our Blue Ribbon schools serve as a model for every Michigan school striving for greater student achievement.”
Three of Michigan’s 13 National Blue Ribbon Schools are from Middle Cities Districts:
Charles A. Lindbergh Elementary School
Dearborn Public Schools; Glenn Maleyko, Superintendent
City Middle/High School
Grand Rapids Public Schools; Ron Gorman, Interim Superintendent
Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy
Saginaw Public Schools; Ramont Roberts, Superintendent
The Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and non-public elementary, middle, and high schools where students achieve very high learning standards. Michigan’s schools are among their state’s highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests. Student subgroup performance and high school graduation rates are also at the highest levels.
Public schools are nominated by each state’s education department. Non-public schools are nominated by the Council for American Private Education (CAPE).
This year, USED is honoring 362 National Blue Ribbon Schools at a recognition ceremony Nov. 14-15 in Washington, D.C. Each school receives a banner and plaque. The award flag gracing a school’s building is a widely-recognized symbol of exemplary teaching and learning. Last year, 342 schools were honored nationwide.
In its 36-year history, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed this coveted award on more than 8,800 of America’s public and private schools.