Five Schools Win Overall
|Ruth Moyer Elementary. FTM file.|
Moyer Elementary in Fort Thomas was one of those.
Most recently in 2014, Johnson Elementary won the award.
RELATED: Johnson Named National Blue Ribbon School
Fort Thomas, recently ranked the #1 school district in Kentucky by Niche, has been named a National Blue Ribbon School five previous times.
· Highlands High School, 2007
· Johnson Elementary, 1997 and 2014
· Moyer Elementary, 2009
· Woodfill Elementary, 2011
"It takes dedicated students, parents and teachers working together to become a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. Ruth Moyer Elementary is a shining example of what is possible when that happens," said Gene Kirchner, Superintendent of Fort Thomas Independent Schools. "There are very few schools around the country that have earned this distinction twice. Congratulations to the entire Moyer community. We are all extremely proud of their accomplishment."
The other four Kentucky schools and their districts are:
· Gray Middle School – Boone Co.
· Johnson Elementary – Laurel Co.
· Schaffner Traditional Elementary – Jefferson Co.
· Southwest Calloway Elementary – Calloway Co.
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The Kentucky schools are among the 329 public and private, elementary, middle and high schools across the country recognized this year. There also are five private schools in Kentucky named as part of the 2016 cohort of Blue Ribbon Schools.
In its 34-year history, the national Blue Ribbon Schools program has become a trademark of excellence and a symbol of exemplary teaching and learning recognized by everyone from parents to policy-makers.
The program recognizes schools in one of two performance categories:
· Exemplary High Performing Schools are among the state’s highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests. Various student group performance and high school graduation rates also are at the highest levels.
· Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing Schools are among the state’s highest performing schools in closing achievement gaps between a school’s student groups and all students over the past five years. Student group performance and high school graduation rates for each group are at high levels.
“Kentucky’s Blue Ribbon Schools are great examples of what can happen when there is attention to equity, achievement and integrity at the school level,” Commissioner of Education Stephen Pruitt said. “Their focus on serving all students, creating a culture of highly effective teaching and learning and taking an honest look at how they can continuously improve have earned them this honor.
“Kentucky’s Blue Ribbon Schools represent educational excellence and serve as models for schools across Kentucky,” Pruitt said.
Representatives from each of Kentucky’s Blue Ribbon Schools will join those from other states at a recognition ceremony in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 7-8.
Since USED revamped the Blue Ribbon program in 2003, 59 Kentucky public schools have been designated Blue Ribbon Schools with 93 public schools named Blue Ribbon Schools over the life of the program.