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News Release - Five Colorado schools Awarded 2012 Blue Ribbon Schools

Sept. 7, 2012

News Release

Five Colorado schools awarded 2012 Blue Ribbon Schools

Commissioner of Education Robert Hammond today congratulated five Colorado schools named by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan as 2012 Blue Ribbon Schools.

“Our nation has no greater responsibility than helping all children realize their full potential,” Duncan said. “Schools honored with the National Blue Ribbon Schools award are committed to accelerating student achievement and preparing students for success in college and careers. Their work reflects the conviction that every child has promise and that education is the surest pathway to a strong, secure future.”

The schools are Avon Elementary School in Avon (Eagle County RE-50 School District), Garnet Mesa Elementary School in Delta (Delta County 50J School District), Pear Park Elementary School in Grand Junction (Mesa County Valley 51 School District), Slavens K-8 School in Denver (Denver Public Schools) and Summit Middle Charter School in Boulder (Boulder Valley Re 2 School District).

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.

In all, 269 schools were recognized as 2012 National Blue Ribbon Schools. A complete list is available at

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