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Three Delaware schools receive National Blue Ribbon honors

Monday, Oct. 1, 2018 - Three Delaware schools are among the schools that U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos recognized today 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.

Cedar Lane Elementary School in the Appoquinimink School District, Lake Forest South Elementary School in the Lake Forest School District, and Selbyville Middle School in the Indian River School District are among the schools that will be honored at an awards ceremony November 7 and 9 in Washington, D.C. The school leaders: Melisa Stilwell (Cedar Lane Elementary School), Clifford S. Owens (Lake Forest South Elementary School), and Jason M. Macrides (Selbyville Middle School) will be invited to attend the national awards ceremony with a teacher representative from each of their schools.

The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private elementary, middle and high schools where students achieve very high learning standards or are making notable improvements in closing the achievement gap.

This coveted 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.

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. 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).


A listing of all National Blue Ribbon Schools in Delaware:

Cedar Lane Elementary School                 Middletown     2018

Lake Forest South Elementary School      Harrington      2018

Selbyville Middle School                           Selbyville         2018

East Millsboro Elementary School            Millsboro         2017

Olive B. Loss Elementary School               Bear                2017

Seaford Central Elementary School          Seaford            2017

Christ the Teacher Catholic School           Newark            2016

Dover Air Force Base Middle School         Dover              2016

Newark Charter School                             Newark            2016

St John the Beloved School                       Wilmington     2016

Sussex Academy                                       Georgetown    2016

Cape Henlopen High School                      Lewes              2015

Lake Forest East Elementary School         Frederica         2015

W. B. Simpson Elementary School Wyoming 2015

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


NOTE TO MEDIA: Photographs and brief descriptions of the 2018 National Blue Ribbon Schools are available at

Alison May
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