Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recently announced the recipients of the awards from one of the 2012 Blue Ribbon Schools, Arlington Traditional Elementary School, according to a report in the Washington Post. The program recognizes public and private schools at both the primary and secondary levels that have demonstrated outstanding student achievement or improvement over the past academic year.
Colorado Announces Five Winners
Ed News Colorado reports that five schools in Colorado were also winners of the prestigious awards. Those schools include Garnet Mesa Elementary School in Delta, Avon Elementary School in Avon, Pear Park Elementary School in Grand Junction, Slavens K-8 School in Denver, and Summit Middle Charter School in Boulder. In addition to the Blue Ribbon award, Summit was also recently named a “Middle School of Distinction” by the state’s local 5280 Magazine. The school was recognized for its improvement in standardized test scores, and it was one of 18 middle schools in the state to receive the distinction.
This video illustrates how the U.S. Department of Education announces Blue Ribbon Schools.