This prestigious award has been given out by the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program since 1982. Since its inception, the U.S. Department of Education has bestowed the coveted award on more than 7,000 of America's schools.
The program recognizes public and private elementary, middle and high schools where students perform at very high academic levels, or where significant improvements are shown in students' academic achievements.
Flying the National Blue Ribbon Schools flag has become a mark of excellence in education, and is recognized by parents, educators and the whole community.
U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan will recognize 286 schools nationwide at a recognition ceremony to be held in Washington D.C. on November 18-19, 2013. Duncan will honor 236 public, and 50 private schools. Each school will receive a plaque and the National Blue Ribbon Schools flag as a symbol of their status.
The following Virginia schools chosen to receive the National Blue Ribbon Schools award are as follows:
- Carrville Elementary School- Carrville, Va., Isle of Wight Co. Public Schools
- Forest Hills Elementary School- Danville, Va., Danville Public Schools
- Sacred Heart Academy, Winchester, Va. Arlington Diocese
- St. Veronica Catholic School- Chantilly, Va. Arlington Diocese
- St. Patrick Catholic School- Norfolk, Va.
- Garrisonville Elementary School- Stafford, Va., Stafford County Public Schools
- L. L. Beazley Elementary School- Prince George, Va. Prince George County Public Schools
- Meriweather Lewis Elementary School- Charlottesville, Va. Albemarle County Public Schools
- Snowville Elementary School- Hiwassee, Va., Pulaski County Public Schools
- Westbriar Elementary School- Vienna, Va., Fairfax County Public Schools
This examiner extends the heartiest of congratulations to all these schools, their students and educators. You have shown that, indeed, excellence in educational achievement is alive and well in the Commonwealth of Virginia.