Skyland Elementary is a Blue Ribbon School

"HTPA is achieving everything I could have hoped for when I worked to ensure the founding of this school", said board member Richard Vladovic, who represents the Wilmington area. Academic achievement has been consistently high-and the school continues to reduce the number of novice students, while increasing the number of those reaching proficiency. "Equally as important, the school values families and the community as critical partners in its work for students".

"We're very proud of you and all the work that you've done", McCann told the group.

Riverbend Elementary was previously recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School in 2011. "Haywood County Schools has gone from average to consistently and persistently high performing over the last decade".

Gen. George A. McCall Elementary School received its first National Blue Ribbon designation, marking a significant achievement after the district named it a City Leader in its own progress report two years ago.

"It's a huge honor and we're humbled to be recognized", said Principal Shawntay White in a press release from the Charleston County School District.

Being named a Blue Ribbon School is the highest honor the education department can bestow on a school.

One of those, Los Angeles' Alliance Dr. Olga Mohan High, was founded in 2006 - and, its principal said, 99 percent of its 450 students are Hispanic.

One of the questions that the Blue Ribbon Schools Program asks, Richards said, is "If you have previously won this award, what has changed since then?"

Our success as a state, economically and otherwise, relies on education, and our Blue Ribbon Schools serve as a model for how we can improve outcomes for all schools and all students.

California had 25 schools throughout the state recognized as Blue Ribbon schools this year, tying with IL, but beat out by Texas, which had 28 schools on the list this year.

Holy Trinity and St. Joseph are among nine public and non-public schools in the state of Kentucky to receive the Blue Ribbon distinction.

An awards ceremony will be held November 6-7, 2017, in Washington, honor each of the recipients. "You are visionaries, innovators and leaders", DeVos said in a statement.

Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing Schools are among their state's highest performing schools in closing achievement gaps between a school's subgroups and all students over the past five years.

  • Leroy Wright