Blue Ribbon Schools

Sep. 27, 2013 @ 11:32 AM

Shiloh Elementary School and Weddington Middle School were named Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education. 

The National Blue Ribbon Schools program began in 1982 to recognize private and public elementary, middle and high schools. As of now there are about 7,000 National Blue Ribbon Schools in the nation, according to the NEA. 

There are two categories: exemplary improving schools and exemplary high performing schools. Both Shiloh and Weddington Middle were named exemplary high performing schools. 

“I’m very proud of the students and teachers, administrators and communities,” Superintendent Mary Ellis said. 

She said it was a feather in their cap and in the cap of Union County Public Schools. 

Ellis said she hopes to concentrate on every child and help every child succeed to this level. 

“I am very proud of these schools,” Ellis said. 

Other schools in the district include Unionville Elementary School and Piedmont Middle School. This is Shiloh Elementary School’s second time receiving the recognition. 

Ellis said that she is very proud but is keeping her eye on the prize for all students. 

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, according to a statement from the NEA. The Council for American Private Education (CAPE) nominated private schools. A total of 420 schools nationwide may be nominated, with allocations determined by the numbers of K-12 students and schools in each jurisdiction. The secretary of education invited nominated schools to submit an application for possible recognition as a National Blue Ribbon School.

“Excellence in education matters and we should honor the schools that are leading the way to prepare students for success in college and careers,” Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said in a statement. “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.”