BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Parkview Elementary School and Catholic High School have been named National Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education.
The distinction is based on academic records. The program honors public and private elementary, middle and high schools where students either achieve very high learning standards or are making notable improvements in closing the achievement gap.
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan made the announcement Tuesday which included 285 other schools. This is the fifth time Catholic High has received the award and it is one of only three schools in the country to do so.
"This very special national recognition for Parkview Elementary School results from the dedication and hard work of the faculty and staff who successfully enlisted the support of parents and the community to foster the academic achievement that has been affirmed by this award," said Superintendent Bernard Taylor, Jr. "We should all be proud and honored by this recognition, because everyone had a part in making it happen."
"This is an exciting day for Catholic High as the hard work and dedication of our faculty, staff, and students is recognized through this national award," said Principal Lisa Harvey. "I am proud that we are being recognized not only for the excellent work that takes place in our classrooms, but for the entire educational experience that Catholic High offers to our students."
Both schools will be formally recognized at a special ceremony on Nov. 10 and 11 in Washington, D.C.