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Three Delaware Schools Named Blue Ribbon Winners

Three Delaware schools are among 337 schools that U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recognized today as 2014 National Blue Ribbon Schools, based on their overall academic excellence or their progress in improving student academic achievement.

The Academy of Dover charter school, John M. Clayton Elementary School in the Indian River School District, and Lake Forest North Elementary School in the Lake Forest School District are among the 287 public and 50 private schools that will be honored at an awards ceremony November 10 - 11 in Washington, D.C. The schools’ principals will be invited to attend the national awards ceremony with a teacher representative from each of their schools.

The award honors public and private elementary, middle and high schools whose students achieve at very high levels or have made significant improvements in students’ levels of achievement, especially among disadvantaged and minority students. Each year since 1982, the U.S. Department of Education has sought out schools where students attain and maintain high academic goals, including those that beat the odds. In its 32-year history, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed this coveted award on just under 7,900 of America’s schools.

“Congratulations to these schools and the educators, students, families and communities that have helped them succeed,” Delaware Secretary of Education Mark Murphy said. “They are examples of what can be done to improve educational experiences for our children."

The Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes schools in one of two performance categories. The first category is “Exemplary High Performing Schools,” in which schools are among their state’s highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests. Student subgroup performance is also at the highest levels. The second category is “Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing Schools,” in which 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. Student subgroup performance for each subgroup is at high levels. Specifically, for the 2013-2014 award year, the Department strengthened the focus of both categories’ performance criteria around subgroups within a school and for all students.

A total of 420 schools nationwide may be nominated, with allocations determined by the numbers of K-12 students and schools in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and the Bureau of Indian Education. The Council for American Private Education (CAPE) nominates private schools.

A listing of all National Blue Ribbon Schools in Delaware:

  • The Academy of Dover, Dover 2014
  • John M. Clayton Elementary School, Frankford 2014
  • Lake Forest North Elementary School, Felton 2014
  • The Charter School of Wilmington, Wilmington 2013
  • Richard A. Shields Elementary School, Lewes 2013
  • Allen Frear Elementary School, Dover 2013
  • Linden Hill Elementary School, Wilmington 2012
  • Harry O. Eisenberg Elementary School, New Castle 2012
  • Star Hill Elementary School, Dover 2012
  • West Park Place Elementary School, Newark 2011
  • Long Neck Elementary School, Millsboro 2011
  • Nellie Hughes Stokes Elementary School, Dover 2011
  • Christ the Teacher Catholic School, Newark 2010
  • Newark Charter School, Newark 2010
  • Robert S. Gallaher Elementary School, Newark 2010
  • Woodbridge Elementary School, Greenwood 2010
  • Marbrook Elementary School, Wilmington 2009
  • East Millsboro Elementary School, Millsboro 2008
  • Sussex Technical High School, Georgetown 2008
  • Lancashire Elementary School, Wilmington 2007
  • Etta J. Wilson Elementary School, Newark 2007
  • Joseph M. McVey Elementary School, Newark 2007
  • North Georgetown Elementary School, Georgetown 2006
  • Lake Forest East Elementary School, Frederica 2006
  • Fairview Elementary School, Dover 2006
  • Long Neck Elementary School, Millsboro 2005
  • Booker T. Washington Elementary School, Dover 2005
  • Lulu M. Ross Elementary School, Milford 2004
  • Frankford Elementary School, Frankford 2004
  • Phillip C. Showell Elementary School, Selbyville 2003
  • Corpus Christi Elementary School, Wilmington 2001
  • Lord Baltimore Elementary School, Ocean View 2001
  • Padua Academy, Wilmington 1996
  • Seaford Middle School, Seaford 1996
  • Sussex Technical High School, Georgetown 1996
  • St. Matthew School, Wilmington 1992
  • Corpus Christi School, Wilmington 1990
  • Dover High School, Dover 1987
  • Skyline Middle School, Wilmington 1985
  • Christiana High School, Newark 1984
  • Caesar Rodney Senior High School, Camden 1984
  • Brandywine High School, Wilmington 1983
  • Shue Middle School, Newark 1983