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11 Florida Schools Receive National Blue Ribbon School Honors

by Soraya Alcalá
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U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today recognized 11 Florida schools as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2020. The recognition is based on a school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.

“Congratulations to this year’s National Blue Ribbon School awardees,” said Secretary DeVos. “It’s a privilege to recognize the extraordinary work you do to meet students’ needs and prepare them for successful careers and meaningful lives.”

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 38th year, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed almost 10,000 awards to more than 9,000 schools, with some schools winning multiple awards. Schools are eligible for nomination after five years.

The Department recognizes all schools in one of two performance categories, based on all student scores, student subgroup scores, and graduation rates:

  • Exemplary High Performing Schools – These 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.

Up to 420 schools may be nominated each year. The Department invites National Blue Ribbon School 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 (CAPE).

The 2020 National Blue Ribbon Schools Awards Ceremony will be held virtually Nov. 12 and 13. While we regret not having the opportunity to celebrate in person, given the current situation regarding COVID-19, we will celebrate the 317 public and 50 non-public school honorees in the ways that we are able, and they will each receive their plaques and flags via mail.

The following Florida schools were recognized:

City                             School Name                                      District

West Palm Beach        Bak Middle School of the Arts           Palm Beach County

Tampa                         Cambridge Christian School               Cambridge Christian Sch. Dist.

Tampa                         Christ the King Catholic School         Diocese of St. Petersburg

Miami                         Miami Arts Studio 6-12                      Miami-Dade School District

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Delray Beach              Morikami Park Elementary School    Palm Beach School District

Davie                          Saint Bonaventure Catholic School    Archdiocese of Miami

Miami                         Saint Thomas the Apostle                   Archdiocese of Miami

Catholic School

North Miami Beach   Scheck Hillel Community School        Scheck Hillel Community

School District

Miami                         Somerset Academy Middle                Miami-Dade School District

South Miami

Miramar                      Somerset Academy Miramar South   Broward School District

Clearwater                  St. Cecelia Interparochial School       Diocese of St. Petersburg

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