332 Schools Named As National Blue Ribbon Schools For 2014

332 Schools Named As National Blue Ribbon Schools For 2014

Uniontown's West Bourbon Elementary School including other 332 schools have been named as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2014 by the U.S. Secretary of the Department of Education (DOE), Arne Duncan, on Tuesday.

The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program is a non-profit 501(3) organization. It recognizes grades from one to 12 and this assessment is based on the overall academic excellence or depends on the progress of the school.

According to the organization's website, DOE every year recognizes great American schools demonstrating that all students can achieve to high levels.

WBE Principal Tracy Smith said that the schools are designated under two categories i.e. for academic excellence and the other is for closing the achievement gap. Smith said WBE has received the recognition for academic excellence.

According to the press release from the DOE, WBE got named under the category of Exemplary High Performing Schools. The schools under all the categories are measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests.

The data mentioned on the website of Blue Ribbon revealed that WBE was able to provide revolutionary technology to its students. iPad mini's, laptop computers, Apple smart television classroom projection and aligned curriculum were adopted by the school to meet out the state and national expectations.

WBE has a team of well qualified and dedicated staff. The main factor that made it easy for WBE to get the recognition was its policy of teacher-to-student ratio of 1-16 that improves whole and small group learning along with individualized instructions in the school.

Some other schools that were honored include Marais des Cygnes Valley Elementary School, Quenemo; Oatville Elementary School, Haysville; Ogden Elementary School, Ogden. It also includes St. Patrick Catholic School, Kingman; and Valley Falls Elementary School, Valley Falls.

More than 7,500 schools have been honored with this award in the history of the National Blue ribbon School Program.

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