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2011 National Blue Ribbon Schools Named

 2011 National Blue Ribbon Schools Named     MEDIA CONTACT : Matt Cardoza, GaDOE Communications Office, (404) 651-7358,  mcardoza@gadoe.org - Follow us on  Twitter  and  Facebook     September 15, 2011  -- Seven Georgia public schools today were named 2011 National Blue Ribbon Schools by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.   The No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon Schools award distinguishes and honors schools for helping students achieve at very high levels and for making significant progress in closing the achievement gap.   "These seven schools are to be commended for their outstanding student performance," said State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge. "I am thrilled that the students, teachers, and staff of these schools were recognized on a national level for excellence. These awards are just another example of some of the great things happening in our schools."   Blue Ribbon Schools are chosen in two categories  (see the full criteria descriptions) :  - HIGH PERFORMING SCHOOLS: Schools that scored in the top 10 percent in student achievement.  - DRAMATICALLY IMPROVED SCHOOLS: Schools with at least 40 percent economically disadvantaged students that have dramatically improved student achievement to high levels.   Two Georgia private schools were also named National Blue Ribbon Schools. The selection process for private schools is different. For more information, go to  http://www.capenet.org/brs.html .   Georgia's winning schools will join other national winners at an awards ceremony on November 15 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. For more information on the Blue Ribbon Schools program, go to the Blue Ribbon Schools website at  http://www.ed.gov/programs/nclbbrs/awards.html .   2011 GEORGIA BLUE RIBBON SCHOOLS   Public  - Big Creek Elementary, Forsyth County  - Calhoun High, Calhoun City Schools*  - Fulton Science Academy, Fulton County  - Mount Yonah Elementary, White County  - Peachtree City Elementary, Fayette County  - Shirley Hills Elementary, Houston County  - Timber Ridge Elementary, Cobb County  - Trion Elementary, Trion City Schools   *Pending final AYP results   Private  - Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic School  - Savannah Christian Preparatory School   Click here for a list of  Previous Blue Ribbon Schools in Georgia  
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