U.S. Department of Education Announces 2021 National Blue Ribbon Schools
Today at 11:00 a.m., U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona recognized 325 schools as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2021. The recognition is based on a school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. Secretary Cardona made the announcement during his Return to School Road Trip, where he visited an awardee school, Walter R. Sundling Jr. High School, in Palatine, Illinois.
At 11:12 a.m., Elkin City Schools Superintendent Myra Cox, sent this email to all Elkin City Schools employees, “With great excitement, I am honored to announce that Elkin Middle School is a 2021 National Blue Ribbon School!”
The coveted National Blue Ribbon Schools award affirms the hard work of educators, families and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content. Now in its 39th year, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed approximately 10,000 awards to more than 9,000 schools.
“This year’s cohort of honorees demonstrates what is possible when committed educators and school leaders create vibrant, welcoming, and affirming school cultures where rich teaching and learning can flourish,” said Secretary Cardona. “I commend this school and all our Blue Ribbon honorees for working to keep students healthy and safe while meeting their academic, social, emotional, and mental health needs. In the face of unprecedented circumstances, you found creative ways to engage, care for, protect, and teach our children. Blue Ribbon Schools have so much to offer and can serve as a model for other schools and communities so that we can truly build back better.”
The Department recognizes all schools in one of two performance categories, based on all student scores, subgroup student scores and graduation rates:
- Exemplary High-Performing Schools are among their state’s highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests.
- Exemplary Achievement Gap-Closing Schools are among their state’s highest performing schools in closing achievement gaps between a school’s student groups and all students.
Elkin Middle School is recognized as an Exemplary High-Performing School.
Up to 420 schools may be nominated each year. The Department invites National Blue Ribbon Schools nominations from the top education official in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and the Bureau of Indian Education. Private schools are nominated by the Council for American Private Education.
“This is such a huge accomplishment. On behalf of myself and the Board of Education, we say congratulations to Principal Amanda Burton, the students, faculty, and staff of Elkin Middle! This is clearly a memorable day for Elkin Middle and for Elkin City Schools,” commented Dr. Myra Cox. She continued, “It’s a great day to be a Buckin’ Elk!” #GDBABE
Mrs. Amanda Burton will travel to Washington, D.C. in November to attend a celebratory banquet with other winners from across the USA and to accept the official banner for Elkin Middle School.
Mrs. Burton posted a video on Twitter announcing Elkin Middle School as a 2021 National Blue Ribbon School award winner immediately following the announcement. Join Elkin Middle School in celebrating this national honor of excellence and "like" it, retweet a quote if you wish, look on Instagram and Facebook and like/make comments. Help spread the outstanding news for the Elkin community through social media today. Use this hashtag
Below is Mrs. Burton's video.
Photographs and brief descriptions of the 2021 National Blue Ribbon Schools are available at https://www.nationalblueribbonschools.ed.gov/.