Eight public schools in Missouri have been selected as 2013 Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education, and two are in Christian County.
Spokane and Nixa high schools are among a select group of less than 300 schools nationwide to earn the Blue Ribbon distinction.
The national award honors schools whose students achieve at very high levels or who have made significant progress to close gaps in achievement, especially among disadvantaged and minority students.
Missouri's Blue Ribbon schools are:
Bolivar High School, Bolivar R-I School District
Brentwood High School, Brentwood School District
Lee's Summit West High School
Lee's Summit R-VII School District- Nixa High School, Nixa R-II School District
Sappington Elementary School, Lindbergh Schools, St. LouisSpokane High School, Spokane R-VII School District, Highlandville
Willow Springs High School, Willow Springs R-IV School District
W.W. Keysor Elementary School, Kirkwood R-VII School District
"Congratulations to the administrators, teachers and students on this achievement," Missouri Commissioner of Education Chris L. Nicastro said in a press release. "Their dedication to improving education helps provide students with the knowledge and skills they need to be successful in college, other postsecondary training and a career."
College and career readiness is a primary goal of the state's Top 10 by 20 initiative, which calls for Missouri to rank among the top 10 performing states in the nation in education by the year 2020.
The Blue Ribbon award recipients were also recognized earlier this year in the state-level Gold Star Schools program, conducted by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
Since 1982, nearly 7,500 of America’s schools have received the Blue Ribbon Schools Award. The state and national programs are part of a larger effort to identify and disseminate knowledge about best school-leadership and teaching practices.
This year’s Blue Ribbon schools winners will be formally recognized Nov. 18-19 at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.