Washington, D.C. – September 29,2015 – Today, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan named 335 schools as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2015 based on their overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.
Six charter schools in Florida were named among today’s National Blue Ribbon Schools.
- Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate High School (Hillsborough County)
- Doral Academy Charter Middle School (Miami Dade County)
- International Studies Charter High School (Miami Dade County)
- Legacy Charter High School (Orange County)
- Mater Performing Arts & Entertainment Academy (Miami Dade County)
- Pembroke Pines-Florida State University Charter Elementary School (Broward County)
“I applaud the National Blue Ribbon schools, their principals and teachers for implementing programs that help students achieve and, more importantly, close the achievement gap between minority and non-minority students,” said Lynn Norman-Teck, executive director, FCSA. “I’m incredibly proud of the charter school in Florida that earned 2015 Blue Ribbons. They are models of excellence and a testament to what can be achieved when parents, students, and teacher work collaboratively together.”
According to the DOE press release, these schools demonstrate that all students can achieve to high levels. Winners include public and non-public elementary, middle and high schools, including district, charter, magnet schools, parochial and independent schools in 45 States, and Department of Defense Education Activity schools in Fort Bragg, N. Carolina, Germany and Korea.
The Department of Education will honor all 285 public and 50 private schools at a recognition ceremony on Nov. 9-10 in Washington, D.C. In its 33-year history, more than 8,000 of America’s schools have received the coveted National Blue Ribbon Schools award. A complete list of winners is available at: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/nclbbrs/2015/index.html