Friday January 17th, 2020 1:37PM

Elementary school in Suwanee among 13 Ga. schools to win national honor

By AccessWDUN Staff

Settles Bridge Elementary School in Suwanee was among 13 Georgia schools recognized this week as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2018. 

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos released the list on Monday. The designation is based on a school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.

“I'm pleased to celebrate with you as your school is named a National Blue Ribbon School,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos in a video message to the honorees.  “We recognize and honor your important work in preparing students for successful careers and meaningful lives. Congratulations on your students' accomplishments and for your extraordinary commitment to meeting their unique needs.”

Now in its 36th year, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed recognition on more than 8,800 schools. On November 7 and 8, the Secretary and the Department of Education will celebrate with all honorees at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.

All schools are honored 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 subgroups and all students over the past five years.

Up to 420 schools may be nominated each year. 

Settles Bridge Elementary is in the Forsyth County School District. 

The Georgia schools honored for 2018 are listed below:

  • Athens Academy                                               Athens
  • Austin Elementary School                                Dunwoody
  • Britt David Elementary Computer Magnet Academy     Columbus
  • Christ The King School                                     Atlanta
  • Heards Ferry Elementary School                      Sandy Springs
  • Holy Redeemer Catholic School                       Johns Creek
  • Kittredge Magnet School                                  Brookhaven
  • Lake Windward Elementary School                 Alpharetta
  • Mount Bethel Christian Academy                    Marietta
  • Saint James Catholic School                             Savannah
  • Settles Bridge Elementary School                    Suwanee
  • Shakerag Elementary School                            Johns Creek
  • Simpson Elementary School                             Peachtree Corners
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