Tuesday, September 24, 2013
The U.S. Department of Education announced today that Westport’s Staples High School has been recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School for its academic excellence.
Only two high schools in the state – the other is Weston High School – and two elementary schools in Monroe and West Hartford were designated for the honor this year. In all, 236 public schools and 50 private schools were recognized.
The last Westport school to be named a Blue Ribbon School was Bedford Middle School in 2009.
The U.S. Department of Education administers the program which honors public and private elementary, middle and high schools that are either academically superior or that demonstrate dramatic gains in student achievement to high levels.
“Please join me in congratulating the entire staff of Staples High School for this outstanding national recognition, with the understanding that ‘all roads lead to Staples,’ making this honor one to be shared with staff in all of our schools,” Superintendent Elliott Landon said in an email to town and school officials.
According to the Department of Education, a “National Blue Ribbon Schools flag overhead has become a mark of excellence in education recognized by everyone from parents to policy-makers in thousands of communities.”
Since the program’s founding, the department has bestowed the award on more than 7,000 U.S. schools.
The department will honor the schools at a recognition ceremony on Nov. 18-19 in Washington, D.C.
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