Honored at an awards ceremony in Washington, DC on November 14 and 15, two Massachusetts High Schools were among those receiving a plaque and a flag to signify their status as National Blue Ribbon Schools.
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and the U.S. Department of Education recognized 315 schools as 2011 National Blue Ribbon Schools for their overall academic excellence or for their success in closing achievement gaps.
The honored Massachusetts schools are:
Boston Latin School
78 Avenue Louis Pasteur
Boston, MA 02115-5744
Phone: (617) 635-8895
Principal: Ms. Lynne Teta
Sharon High School
181 Pond Street
Sharon, MA 02067-2000
Phone: (781) 784-1554
Principal: Mr. Jose Libano
If you live in Boston or Sharon (and even if you don’t) write or call Ms. Teta or Mr. Libano and congratulate them, their staff and students on their hard work and dedication that led to the award.
The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes public and non-public elementary, middle, and high schools where students achieve at very high levels and/or where the achievement gap in narrowing. The Program sets a standard of excellence for all schools striving for the highest level of achievement. The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program is part of a larger U. S. Department of Education effort to identify and disseminate knowledge about best school leadership and teaching practices. Each year since 1982, the U.S. Department of Education has sought out schools where students attain and maintain high academic goals, including those that beat the odds.
Regardless of the school’s demographics or percentage of students from disadvantaged backgrounds, the school is recognized as high performing. These are schools that are ranked among a state’s highest performing schools as measured by state assessments in both reading (English language arts) and mathematics or that score at the highest performance level on tests referenced by national norms in at least the most recent year tested.
Blue Ribbon Schools are nationally recognized as some of America’s most successful schools. The award acknowledges and validates the hard work of students, staff members, families, and communities in reaching high levels of student achievement. Moreover, Blue Ribbon Schools report a renewed sense of pride and accomplishment at their school. They may be sought out as mentors to others schools or may find that receiving grants and raising funds is a little easier.
Communities often report that the award makes their neighborhood a more desirable place to live because parents want their children to attend a Blue Ribbon School—and real estate agents use the Blue Ribbon award as a selling point for those neighborhoods.
Congratulations, Boston Latin and Sharon High Schools!!