Pictured (Left to Right): The Blue Ribbon winning Somerset Academy Miramar admin team, Julie Sanchez, AP; Alex Prieto, Principal; and Rosa Peddy, AP were recognized for raising student achievement, closing the achievement gap, and operating a exemplary high-performing school. This dream team will attend the Blue Ribbon Awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. in November.
FLORIDA – October 1, 2018 – Today, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos released the names of the 349 schools that will be National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2018. The recognition is based on a school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. Of the twelve schools in Florida that earned the 2018 Blue Ribbon distinction, 7 are choice programs – four magnet programs, and three public charter schools. The exemplary high-performing charter schools are:
- Archimedean Upper Conservatory – Miami Dade County
- Pensacola Beach Elementary School – Escambia County
- Somerset Academy Elementary, Miramar Campus – Broward County
“There is no doubt that charter schools are helping students make academic strides. The parents of the close to 300,000 charter school students in Florida know this already but many times, our schools’ great work goes unnoticed,” said Lynn Norman-Teck, Executive Director, FCSA. “National awards like Blue Ribbon spotlight successful educational programs, and give us an opportunity to honor the students and dedicated faculty and administrators who are doing great work. Congratulations to the teachers, students, principals at Somerset Miramar, Pensacola Beach Elementary, and Archimedean Upper Conservator are doing.”
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. Now in its 36th year, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed recognition on more than 8,800 schools. On November 7-8, the Secretary and the Department of Education will celebrate with 300 public and 49 private school honorees at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.