Six charter schools in Florida earn 2017 National Blue Ribbon designations
Washington, D.C. – September 29, 2017 – U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos named 342 schools as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2017 based on their overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.
Twelve schools in Florida were named National Blue Ribbon Schools; six are public charter schools:
- AcadeMir Charter School West (Miami Dade County)
- Caring & Sharing Learning School (Alachua County)
- Doral Academy of Technology (Miami Dade County)
- International Studies Charter Middle School (Miami Dade County)
- Petersburg Collegiate High School (Pinellas County)
- Somerset Academy Davie (Broward County)
“I am incredibly proud of the charter schools who are 2017 National Blue Ribbon School award recipients. They are models of excellence and a testament to what can be achieved when parents, students, and teacher work collaboratively together,” said Lynn Norman-Teck, Executive Director of the Florida Charter School Alliance.
According to the press release from the Department of Education, The National Blue Ribbon Schools award affirms the hard work of students, educators, families, and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging content. The National Blue Ribbon Schools flag gracing a school’s building is a widely recognized symbol of exemplary teaching and learning. National Blue Ribbon Schools are an inspiration and a model for schools still striving for excellence.
The Department of Education will honor the 2017 Blue Ribbon Schools at a recognition ceremony on November 9th in Washington, D.C. In its 34-year history, more than 8,500 of America’s schools have received the coveted National Blue Ribbon Schools award.
A complete list of winners is available at: https://www2.ed.gov/programs/nclbbrs/awards.html
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