Amarillo Independent School District’s Whittier Elementary School has been named a National Blue Ribbon School for 2017 by the U.S. Department of Education.
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos on Thursday recognized 342 schools with the distinction, including 26 in Texas. Whittier Elementary at 2004 N. Marrs St. earned the title of National Blue Ribbon School in the Exemplary High Performing Schools category.
Exemplary High Performing Schools are among their state’s highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests, according to a DOE news release.
“National Blue Ribbon Schools are active demonstrations of preparing every child for a bright future,” DeVos said in the news release. “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.
On Nov. 6 and 7, DeVos and the DOE will host an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.