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Note: The U.S. Department of Education has photos and details on
each school at nationalblueribbonschools.ed.gov/awardwinners
28, 2017 – Six
Georgia public schools were named 2017 National Blue Ribbon Schools today.
Ribbon is a national recognition from the U.S. Department of Education. This
year, six Georgia public schools received the honor: Dickerson Middle School in
Cobb County, Dodgen Middle School in Cobb County, Kedron Elementary School in
Fayette County, Big Creek Elementary School in Forsyth County, Brookwood
Elementary School in Forsyth County, and Riverwatch Middle School in Forsyth
cannot say enough good things about these six outstanding Georgia public
schools, who have been recognized on a national level for excellence,” State
School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “All over the state of Georgia,
schools are beating the odds to provide the very best opportunities for
students. I am so grateful for all the hard-working educators, parents, and
students who are doing incredible work and making a positive impact on the
health and future of our state.”
are chosen in two categories (see the full
criteria descriptions here):
- Exemplary High Performing
Schools are among their state’s highest
performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed
tests. Student subgroup performance and high school graduation rates are
also at the highest levels.
- 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. Student subgroup
performance and high school graduation rates for each subgroup are at high
Georgia private schools also received the National Blue Ribbon recognition:
Atlanta Academy in Roswell, Savannah Christian Preparatory in Savannah, and St.
John the Evangelist Catholic School in Hapeville.
selection process for private schools differs from the process for public
schools; for more information, click
U.S. Department of Education will honor 342 schools at a recognition ceremony
from Nov. 6-7 in Washington, D.C. In its 35-year history, the National Blue
Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed this coveted award on more than 8,000 of