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PRESS RELEASE

November 09, 2007

Tom Butler
(850) 245-0413

Commissioner Blomberg Recognizes Florida’s Blue Ribbon Public Schools

TALLAHASSEE – Thirteen Florida public schools will be honored as part of the No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon Schools (BRS) program during a Washington, D.C., ceremony, November 12-13. This year, the program recognized 287 elementary, middle and high schools across the nation that were either academically superior or demonstrated dramatic gains in overall student achievement in both reading and mathematics.

“I applaud these schools for their outstanding efforts to ensure that their students receive the fundamental skills necessary for a prosperous future,” said Education Commissioner Jeanine Blomberg. “The schools recognized as Blue Ribbon Schools are preparing Florida’s children for success in every aspect of life.”

The BRS program selected schools based on one of two criteria: 1) Schools with at least 40 percent of their students from disadvantaged backgrounds that dramatically improve student performance to high levels on state tests; and 2) Schools whose students, regardless of background, achieve in the top 10 percent of their state on state tests.

The Florida public schools that received this recognition in 2007 are as follows:

  • Design and Architectural Senior High School – Miami-Dade County
  • George Washington Carver Middle School – Miami-Dade County
  • Suncoast Community High School – Palm Beach County
  • Terrace Community Middle School – Hillsborough County
  • Eagle Point Elementary School – Broward County
  • Longwood Elementary School – Okaloosa County
  • Port Malabar Elementary School – Brevard County
  • Alexander W. Dreyfoos Junior School of the Arts – Palm Beach County
  • Pensacola Beach Charter School – Escambia County
  • Robert L. Stevenson Elementary School – Brevard County
  • Seaside Neighborhood School – Walton County
  • Suntree Elementary School – Brevard County
  • The Sanibel School – Lee County

Each of the winners will be presented with a BRS award plaque and flag to display at their schools.

The program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education and was established in 1982 by the Secretary of Education. The program has since been redesigned to reflect the goals of higher standards and accountability of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). Under NCLB, schools must make Adequate Yearly Progress, or AYP, in reading and mathematics. Each state sets its own academic standards and benchmark goals.

Public and private K-12 schools in the nation, including Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), and Department of Defense (DOD) dependent schools can be nominated for this recognition. The Council for American Private Education (CAPE) nominates private schools while BIA and DOD nominate their own schools. The number of schools a state can nominate is based on the number of students and schools in the state. Nationally, the number of schools that can be nominated is capped at 413.