FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Forsyth County’s Daves Creek Elementary School was recognized along with 286 schools as 2013 National Blue Ribbon Schools.
“It is an honor and privilege to be recognized as a National School of Excellence,” said Eric Ashton, principal of Daves Creek Elementary School. “It validates all the hard work and effort that our students, teachers, staff and parents have put in over the years.”
The National Blue Ribbon Schools award honors public and private elementary, middle and high schools where students perform at very high levels or where significant improvements are being made in students’ levels of achievement.
The Department of Education will honor the schools at a ceremony on Nov. 18-19 in Washington, D.C. In its 31-year history, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed this coveted award on nearly 7,500 of America’s schools.
“Excellence in education matters and we should honor the schools that are leading the way to prepare students for success in college and careers,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “National Blue Ribbon Schools represent examples of educational excellence and their work reflects the belief that every child in America deserves a world-class education.”
The program recognizes schools in one of two performance categories, as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests. The first category is “exemplary high performing,” in which schools are recognized among their state’s highest performing schools. The second is “exemplary improving,” in which schools that have at least 40 percent of their students from disadvantaged backgrounds demonstrate the most progress.
Daves Creek was recognized as being high performing.
Two other Forsyth County schools have also received the National Blue Ribbon Schools recognition, two-time winner Otwell Middle School and three-time winner Big Creek Elementary School.
For a complete list of schools, visit www.ed.gov/nationalblueribbonschools.