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September 28, 2016 – Seven Georgia public schools and
three private schools were named 2016 National Blue Ribbon Schools today.
public schools received the recognition: Morningside Elementary (Atlanta Public
Schools), Mount Bethel Elementary (Cobb County Schools), Sharon Elementary
(Forsyth County Schools) Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology
(Gwinnett County Schools), Newton County Theme School at Ficquett (Newton
County Schools), Midway Elementary (Pierce County Schools) and Jacob G. Smith
Elementary (Savannah-Chatham County Schools).
private schools, Calvary Day School in Savannah, St. Joseph Catholic School in
Marietta and St. Thomas More Catholic School in Decatur, were also named
National Blue Ribbon Schools. The selection process for private schools differs
from the public-school selection process; for more information, click here.
Schools are recognized in two performance categories (see the full criteria
· Exemplary High Performing Schools are among their state’s highest
performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests.
Student subgroup performance and high school graduation rates are also at the
· 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. Student subgroup
performance and high school graduation rates for each subgroup are at high
schools are to be commended for their outstanding student performance,” State
School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “They are doing an excellent job
making sure all students are ready to learn, ready to live, and ready to lead.
To every one of the teachers and leaders in these schools – thank you for the
incredible work you’re doing on behalf of the children of our state.”
Department of Education will honor 279 public and 50 private schools with the
Blue Ribbon designation at a recognition ceremony Nov. 7-8 in Washington, D.C.
In its 34-year history, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed
this coveted award on more than 8,000 of America’s schools.