Faculty took a moment to celebrate the school’s recent award– being named a 2018 National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. The school was one of only 349 schools in the nation to receive the award this year.
During a faculty meeting on October 10, 2018 school administrators, faculty and staff celebrated this prestigious honor with a blue ribbon cake and faculty were given blue shirts to commemorate the award. (See photo attached). Administrators praised the faculty and staff for their hard work and dedication.
ABOUT THE 2018 NATIONAL BLUE RIBBON ANNOUNCEMENT:
On October 1, 2018, the U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos recognized 349 schools as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2018. The recognition is based on a school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. The Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Art has been named a 2018 National Blue Ribbon School. (One of only 19 schools in Pennsylvania to receive this honor.) (https://www2.ed.gov/p
“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.”
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 36th year, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed recognition on more than 8,800 schools. On November 7-8, the Secretary and the Department of Education will celebrate with 300 public and 49 private school 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 student groups and all students over the past five years.
Charter Arts has been honored in the Exemplary High Performing Schools category.
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).