Three schools in the Mountain State are receiving national honors for their academic performance.
Betsy DeVos, the U.S. Secretary of Education, recognized Allen T. Allison Elementary in Hancock County, East Lynn Elementary in Wayne County, and Mount Lookout Elementary in Nicholas County.
“I’m pleased to celebrate with you as your school is named a National Blue Ribbon School,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos 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.”
West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Dr. Steven Paine was pleased to have multiple schools in the state receive the honor.
It is a privilege to have three National Blue Ribbon Schools in our state. The administrators, faculty and staff at these schools all share in this honor because it is a distinction which sets a very rigorous national standard to achieve,” said Dr. Paine. “Schools across our state are working in very challenging climates to support students and advance learning. Earning this accomplishment is no small task, and I am very proud to have these elementary schools representing our state.”
The National Blue Ribbon honor is meant to recognize either exemplary overall academic performance, or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. In its 36th year, the program has honored nearly 9,000 schools across the country.
Honorees will celebrate with Secretary DeVos and the Department of Education in Washington, D.C. in November.