U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced today that seven Virginia public schools and three private schools were named 2014 National Blue Ribbon Schools. The Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private K-12 schools that are either academically superior or that demonstrate dramatic gains in student achievement.
The public schools being recognized as National Blue Ribbon Schools are as follows:
- Armstrong Elementary in Hampton
- Galileo Magnet High in Danville
- Gilbert Linkous Elementary in Montgomery County
- Haycock Elementary in Fairfax County
- Hermitage Elementary in Virginia Beach
- Twin Hickory Elementary in Henrico County
- Winterpock Elementary in Chesterfield County
“Despite increased rigor in the commonwealth’s standards, assessments and accountability benchmarks, each of these schools has maintained full state accreditation while meeting all federal benchmarks,” Superintendent of Public Instruction Steven R. Staples said. “I applaud the principals, teachers and staff who are responsible for the recognition these schools are receiving.”
All seven public 2014 National Blue Ribbon Schools earned awards earlier this year through the Virginia Index of Performance program. Armstrong Elementary, Gilbert Linkous Elementary, Haycock Elementary, Twin Hickory Elementary and Winterpock Elementary, earned the Board of Education Excellence Award; and Galileo Magnet High and Hermitage Elementary earned the Board of Education Distinguished Achievement Award.
The Council for American Private Education nominates private schools for Blue Ribbon awards each year. The following three PK-8 private schools in the commonwealth were designated as National Blue Ribbon Schools:
- Charlottesville Catholic School in Charlottesville
- Saint James Catholic School in Falls Church
- Saint Luke School in McLean
The National Blue Ribbon Schools are selected based on one of two criteria: performance on state assessments, or in the case of private schools, performance on national standardized tests and high school graduation rates; or performance in closing achievement gaps between a school’s subgroups and all students over the past five years while increasing graduation rates for each subgroup.
The U.S. Department of Education will honor all of the nation’s 2014 National Blue Ribbon Schools during a conference and awards ceremony November 10-11 in Washington, DC.
More information about the 2014 Blue Ribbon Schools Awards is available from the U.S. Department of Education.