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Posted: 10:52 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013

Congrats to 9 Blue Ribbon Schools in Georgia 

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U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan reads to children at Boyd Elementary School Friday, May 31, 2013. Education Secretary Arne Duncan , Governor Nathan Deal and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed also participated in a panel discussion on education.

By Maureen Downey

Congrats to the 2013 Public and Private National Blue Ribbon Schools from Georgia, most of which are in metro Atlanta.

 Daves Creek Elementary School, Cumming, Forsyth County Schools

Fair Oaks Elementary School, Marietta, Cobb County Schools

Marietta Center for Advanced Academics, Marietta, Marietta City Schools

Middle Ridge Elementary School, Covington, Newton County Schools

Mountain Park Elementary School, Roswell, Fulton County Schools

St. Catherine of Siena Catholic School, Kennesaw

Sugar Hill Elementary School, Gainesville, Hall County Schools

Tritt Elementary School, Marietta, Cobb County Schools,

Webster County High School, Preston, Webster County Schools

From US DOE:

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced 286 schools as the 2013 cohort of National Blue Ribbon Schools, based on their overall academic excellence or their progress in improving student academic achievement. Secretary Duncan made this year’s announcement live via the Department's USTREAM channel http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/39189722, viewed by recognized principals, teachers, and students assembled across the country. 

The Department will honor 236 public and 50 private schools at a recognition ceremony on Nov. 18-19 in Washington, D.C. In its 31-year history, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed this coveted award on nearly 7,500 of America’s schools.

“Excellence in education matters and we should honor the schools that are leading the way to prepare students for success in college and careers,” said Secretary Duncan. “National Blue Ribbon schools represent examples of educational excellence, and their work reflects the belief that every child in America deserves a world-class education.”  


The National Blue Ribbon Schools award honors public and private elementary, middle, and high schools where students perform at very high levels or where significant improvements are being made in students’ levels of achievement.

The program recognizes schools in one of two performance categories. The first category is “Exemplary High Performing,” in which schools are recognized among their state’s highest performing schools, as measured by state assessments or nationally-normed tests. The second category is “Exemplary Improving,” in which schools that have at least 40 percent of their students from disadvantaged backgrounds demonstrate the most progress in improving student achievement levels as measured by state assessments or nationally-normed tests.

To select National Blue Ribbon Schools, the Department requested nominations from the top education official in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and the Bureau of Indian Education. The Council for American Private Education (CAPE) nominates private schools. A total of 420 schools nationwide may be nominated, with allocations determined by the numbers of K-12 students and schools in each jurisdiction. The Secretary of Education invites nominated schools to submit an application for possible recognition as a National Blue Ribbon School

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