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News Release - Six Colorado schools named 2016 Blue Ribbon Schools

Six Colorado schools named 2016 Blue Ribbon Schools

DENVER – Interim Commissioner of Education Katy Anthes today congratulated six Colorado schools named by U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. as the 2016 Blue Ribbon Schools.

“We commend these schools, their staff and teachers and, of course, their students for all of their hard work at achieving such excellence,” Anthes said. “This type of recognition is gratifying. Each school, their parents and their surrounding community should be proud of such an accomplishment.”

The schools are:

  • Parker Core Knowledge Charter School K-8 (Douglas County School District)
  • Cory Elementary School (Denver Public Schools)
  • Denver School of Science and Technology: Green Valley Ranch (Denver Public Schools)
  • Devinny Elementary School (Jefferson County)
  • Soaring Eagles Elementary School (Harrison School District Two)
  • St. Mary’s Academy Lower School in Englewood (Private)

“National Blue Ribbon Schools are proof that we can prepare every child for college and meaningful careers, King said in a video message to honorees. “Your schools are on the cutting edge, pioneering innovative educational practices—professional learning communities, project-based learning, social and emotional learning, positive behavior systems—making you shining examples for your communities, your state and the nation.”

The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private elementary, middle, and high schools where students either achieve very high learning standards or are making notable improvements in closing the achievement gap.

The program recognizes schools in one of two performance categories. Exemplary High Performing Schools are among their state’s highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests. 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.

Now in its 34th year, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed this coveted award on fewer than 8,500 schools.  On Nov. 7 and 8, the Department will formally recognize the 279 public and 50 private schools that received the 2016 commendation at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.

The Department invites National Blue Ribbon School nominations from the top education official in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and the Bureau of Indian Education. The Council for American Private Education (CAPE) nominates private schools. A total of 420 schools nationwide may be nominated each year.

NOTE TO EDITORS: Photographs and brief descriptions of the 2016 National Blue Ribbon Schools are available here.