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Nominated to community of National Blue Ribbon Schools: Morikami Park Elementary

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Nominated by Florida to join the esteemed community of National Blue Ribbon Schools, Morikami Park Elementary School has arrived! National Blue Ribbon Schools are public and private elementary, middle, and high schools that are producing outstanding results for all students. They have demonstrated consistent excellence, and made progress in closing gaps in student achievement. The National Blue Ribbon Schools recognition program is part of a larger U. S. Department of Education effort to identify and disseminate knowledge about effective school leadership and promising instructional practices.

Morikami was nominated in the categories of an Exemplary High Performing School or an Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing School. One-third of the public schools nominated by each state must have enrollments that include at least 40 percent of their students from disadvantaged backgrounds. In addition, all nominated public schools must meet their state’s Annual Measurable Objectives (AMOs) or make Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) in each of the two years prior to nomination (2011-2012 and 2012-2013) and must do the same for the year in which they are nominated (2013-2014).

Four Florida Schools Win National Blue Ribbon Awards in 2013:

The Blue Ribbon Schools program selected four Florida schools as 2013 national award winners. Leaders from each school were presented an award signifying their Blue Ribbon status during a recognition program on November 18-19 in Washington, D.C.

To be eligible for the national award, schools must be ranked among the highest in their state or have demonstrated dramatic gains in overall student achievement. This year, 286 schools nationwide were selected to be honored during the annual award ceremony.

"Teachers, students and administrators at these four schools have worked diligently to earn this prestigious award," said Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart. "These schools are models for others to follow and great examples of how Florida schools continue thrive."

The program honors public and private elementary, middle and high schools in one of two performance categories. Schools recognized in the "Exemplary High Performing" category must be among their state's highest performing schools, as measured by state assessments or nationally-normed tests. The second category, "Exemplary Improving," recognizes schools with at least 40 percent of their students from disadvantaged backgrounds who demonstrate the most progress in improving student achievement levels.

Congratulations to the following Florida schools selected in the "Exemplary High Performing" category.

  • Collegiate High School at Northwest Florida State College, Okaloosa County
  • Arthur I. Meyer Jewish Academy, Palm Beach County
  • The First Academy Middle School, Orange County
  • Hartridge Academy, Polk County

For more information about award criteria and eligibility, visit

REF: Press Release, Sept. 24, 2013 FLDOE

REF: SDPBC (Press Release) Public Affairs Office, Feb. 2014



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