U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on Tuesday announced 286 schools as the 2013 cohort of National Blue Ribbon Schools, based on their overall academic excellence or their progress in improving student academic achievement.
Three of those schools are located in Baltimore.
The public schools awarded the honor here in the Baltimore area are Chadwick Elementary School and Charlesmont Elementary School, both located in Baltimore County. St. Joseph Elementary School in Cockeysville, a private school, also was recognized.
The Department of Education will honor 236 public and 50 private schools at a recognition ceremony to be held on November 18-19 in Washington, D.C.
In its 31-year history, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed this award on nearly 7,500 of America’s schools.
“Excellence in education matters and we should honor the schools that are leading the way to prepare students for success in college and careers,” said Secretary Duncan. “National Blue Ribbon schools represent examples of educational excellence, and their work reflects the belief that every child in America deserves a world-class education.”
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.
To select National Blue Ribbon Schools, the Department requested nominations from the top education official in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and the Bureau of Indian Education.
“Today, we can all celebrate the hard work and dedication that went into making these two schools not just Baltimore County and Maryland standouts but national models as well,” said Baltimore County Public Schools Superintendent Dallas Dance in a prepared statement.
You can see the full list of 2013 winners here. More in the video below.