U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today recognized 13 Georgia schools as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2018, including three local ones. The local schools named to the list are Christ the King School in Buckhead, Heards Ferry Elementary School in Sandy Springs and Kittredge Magnet School in Brookhaven.

The recognition is based on a school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.

“I’m pleased to celebrate with you as your school is named a National Blue Ribbon School,” DeVos said 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. Nov. 7 and 8, DeVos and the U.S. Department of Education will celebrate with all honorees at an awards ceremony in Washington.

All schools are honored in one of two performance categories, based on all student scores, subgroup student scores and graduation rates:

o Exemplary High Performing Schools are among their state’s highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests.

o 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.

For more information on the awards, www.ed.gov/nationalblueribbonschools.

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Doctor Freeze

All 13 Georgia Schools:

* Athens Academy (Athens) - Private
* Austin Elementary School (Dunwoody)
* Kittredge Magnet School (Brookhaven)
* Britt David Elementary Computer Magnet
Academy (Columbus)
* Lake Windward Elementary School (Alpharetta)
* Christ The King School (Atlanta) - Private
* Mount Bethel Christian Academy (Marietta) - Private
* Heards Ferry Elementary School (Sandy Springs)
* Saint James Catholic School (Savannah) - Private
* Holy Redeemer Catholic School (Johns Creek) - Private
* Settles Bridge Elementary School (Suwanee)
* Shakerag Elementary School (Johns Creek)
* Simpson Elementary School (Peachtree Corners)

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