Three Catholic Schools Receive National Education Honor

Schools among only 50 private schools nationwide to be recognized with Blue Ribbon award

September 07, 2012

Three schools in the Archdiocese of Washington have received the U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon Schools Award in recognition of the schools’ academic achievement as America’s most successful schools. The three schools are:

Blessed Sacrament School (Washington, DC)
Father Andrew White, SJ School (Leonardtown)
Saint Peter School (Olney)

The National Blue Ribbon Schools award honors public and private elementary, middle, and high schools where students are performing at very high levels or where significant improvements are being made in students’ levels of achievement. Blue Ribbon Awards are given annually by the United States Department of Education; this year to 50 private and 219 public schools, chosen from across the nation. To be chosen, schools must go through a competitive application process and demonstrate academic superiority or dramatic gains in student achievement. The U.S. Department of Education also notes that a school must demonstrate a strong commitment to educational excellence for all students. In the 30-year history of the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program, 24 schools in the archdiocese have received this prestigious honor.

To demonstrate academic superiority, schools must be in the top 10% of schools nationally in both reading and math or in the top 10% on assessments for the highest grade in the school compared to national norms.

The three Catholic schools honored as National Blue Ribbon schools for 2012 can attribute their success to their high academic standards and close-knit community. The schools have strong test scores and comprehensive curriculum with varied instructional methods. Community service is also an integral part of the schools with students encouraged to get involved.

The Department of Education will formally honor the schools with their National Blue Ribbon School awards at a conference and awards ceremony November 12-13 in Washington, D.C.

The Archdiocese of Washington is home to 97 archdiocesan and independent Catholic schools in Washington, DC and Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s counties in Maryland.

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