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each school at http://www.ed.gov/nationalblueribbonschools
October 1, 2018 – Eight Georgia public schools
were named 2018 National Blue Ribbon Schools today.
Ribbon is a national recognition from the U.S. Department of Education. This
year, eight Georgia public schools received the honor: Austin Elementary School in DeKalb
County, Britt David Elementary Computer Magnet Academy in Muscogee County,
Heards Ferry Elementary School in Fulton County, Kittredge Magnet
School in DeKalb County, Lake Windward Elementary School in Fulton County,
Settles Bridge Elementary School in Forsyth County, Shakerag Elementary School
in Fulton County Schools, and Simpson Elementary School in Gwinnett County.
“I congratulate these eight schools whose efforts on behalf of students have
been recognized nationally,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said.
“All over the state of Georgia, communities, leaders, educators, parents and
students are coming together to create brighter future, and a brighter Georgia.
That light is shining brighter and brighter every day.”
Schools are chosen in two
categories (see the full criteria descriptions here):
- 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 highest levels.
- 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
Five Georgia private schools also received the National Blue
Ribbon recognition: Athens Academy in Athens, Christ the King School in
Atlanta, Holy Redeemer Catholic School in Johns Creek, Mount Bethel Christian
Academy in Marietta, and Saint James Catholic School in Savannah.
selection process for private schools differs from the process for public
schools. For more information, click here.