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2009 National Blue Ribbon Schools Named

 Media Contact  - GaDOE Communications Office, (404) 463-1487,        September 15, 2009  -- Seven Georgia public schools were named 2009 National Blue Ribbon Schools today.     "These seven schools are outstanding examples of how high expectations and hard work can lead to outstanding student achievement," said State Superintendent of Schools Kathy Cox. "These schools show that, regardless of a school's size, geography or demographics, all students can achieve at high levels."     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.      U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced the National Blue Ribbon School award winners this morning. ( See U.S. Department of Education Release )     Blue Ribbon Schools are chosen in one of three categories ( see the full criteria descriptions ):     - TOP 10%: Schools that scored in the top 10 percent in student achievement.     - TOP 10%: (40% Disadvantaged): Schools that scored in the top 10 percent in student achievement AND have at least 40 percent of its students considered economically disadvantaged.     - GREATEST GAINS: Schools with at least 40 percent economically disadvantaged students that have dramatically improved student achievement to high levels.      Five Georgia private schools also were named National Blue Ribbon schools.  The selection process for private schools is different. For more information, go to .      Georgia's winning schools will join other national winners at an awards ceremony on November 3 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 .      2009 GEORGIA BLUE RIBBON SCHOOLS     Public  - Alice Coachman Elementary School, Dougherty County - Carter Godwin Woodson Elementary School, Atlanta Public Schools - DeKalb School of the Arts, DeKalb County  - Hightower Trail Middle School, Cobb County - Honey Creek Elementary School, Rockdale County - Trion High School, Trion City Schools - Tunnel Hill Elementary School, Whitfield County   Private  - Holy Redeemer Catholic School, Johns Creek - Holy Spirit Preparatory School, Atlanta - Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic School, Atlanta - Our Lady of Victory Catholic School, Tyrone - St. Francis Xavier Catholic School, Brunswick