U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos recently recognized nine Ohio schools as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2017. The recognition is based on a school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.
“National Blue Ribbon Schools are active demonstrations of preparing every child for a bright future,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to the honorees. “You are visionaries, innovators and leaders. You have much to teach us: some of you personalize student learning, others engage parents and communities in the work and life of your local schools and still others develop strong and forward-thinking leaders from among your teaching staff.”
The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private elementary, middle and high schools where students achieve very high learning standards or are making notable improvements in closing the achievement gap.
This coveted 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 35th year, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed recognition on more than 8,500 schools. On Nov. 6-7, the Secretary and the Department of Education will celebrate with these honorees at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.
All schools are honored in one of two performance categories, based on all student scores, subgroup student scores and graduation rates:
Exemplary High Performing Schools are among their state’s highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests.
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 (CAPE).
NOTE TO EDITORS: Photographs and brief descriptions of the 2017 National Blue Ribbon Schools are available at http://www.ed.gov/nationalblueribbonschools.
City, School Name
Steubenville, East Garfield Elementary School
Macedonia, Ledgeview Elementary School
Miamitown, Miamitown Elementary School
Akron, Nolley Elementary School
North Canton, Orchard Hill Intermediate School
Pickerington, Toll Gate Elementary School
Pickerington, Toll Gate Middle School
Waynesville, Waynesville Elementary School
Dublin, Wyandot Elementary School:
5620 Dublinshire Drive
Dublin, OH, 43017-2420
Mrs. Renae E. Schwartz, Principal at time of Nomination
Dublin City School District
Black/African American: 1%
Two or more races: 3%
Economically Disadvantaged: 1%
Imagination, collaboration and creativity…It’s what we do at Wyandot!
Wyandot Elementary School is a Prekindergarten – 5 elementary school serving 618 students. Wyandot is one of 12 elementary schools in Dublin City Schools, one of Ohio’s largest and highest achieving school districts. A high percentage of our population consists of upper middle class white students and Asian students. The student body is also composed of a variety of students identified as gifted learners, English Language Learners, and students with mild to severe disabilities.
Many traditions have been established in Wyandot’s 29-year history. Wyandot prides itself as an inclusive and welcoming neighborhood school. We start each school year with a new family open house, a kindergarten welcome night, and a welcome back to school ice cream social. We begin every school day with morning announcements, Power of One awards and the Wyandot Pledge, “I am a smart, special, valuable person. I respect myself and I respect others. My words and actions are kind and honest. I accept only my best in all I do. I am proud to be me.”
The instructional approach and philosophy of Wyandot is do what is best for kids. The Wyandot staff supports all learners with an emphasis on developing the whole child through a culture of enrichment. This is evident by staff members that can speak not only about our students’ learning styles and readiness, but can also speak about students’ interests and needs. Knowing our students as people and learners allows our teachers to inspire our students to take risks and persevere to achieve more.