And the winners are:
Cape Henlopen High School (Cape Henlopen School District)
Lake Forest East Elementary School (Lake Forest School District)
W.B. Simpson Elementary School (Caesar Rodney School District)
No New Castle County schools got the award this year. Congrats to these three schools in traditional public school districts for this honor. While I am not always a fan of the Blue Ribbon Awards, I know some of these schools are in some tough areas. From the U.S. DOE Press Release sent out today:
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recognized 335 schools as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2015 based on their overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. These schools demonstrate that all students can achieve to high levels. The schools represent public and non-public elementary, middle and high schools, including traditional, charter, magnet schools, parochial and independent schools in 45 States, and Department of Defense Education Activity schools in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Germany and Korea. The Department will honor all 285 public and 50 private schools at a recognition ceremony on Nov. 9-10 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. Each school will receive an award plaque and a flag as symbols of their accomplishments. In its 33-year history, more than 8,000 of America’s schools have received the coveted National Blue Ribbon Schools award.