Mariemont Elementary was recognized by the United States Department of Education as a National Blue Ribbon School for 2018.
Blue Ribbon Status is one of the most prestigious awards given by the U.S. Department of Education to recognize the best in education throughout the country. Mariemont Elementary will receive the status of “Exemplary High Performing School.”
“This is an incredible honor not only for Mariemont Elementary, but for the entire school district and community” said Superintendent Steven Estepp. “I am so proud of the dedication that our principal Ericka Simmons and her entire staff at Mariemont Elementary have put into their students each and every day. This award affirms the direction we are headed under the Destination 2026 strategic plan and is a true embodiment of the Mariemont Experience.”
Mariemont Elementary was one of just 349 schools recognized in the announcement made by the U.S. Department of Education. 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.
“I am thrilled that Mariemont Elementary has been named a National Blue Ribbon Exemplary High Performing School” said principal Ericka Simmons. “I have seen firsthand the passion and enthusiasm that our staff pour into our school day in and day out and could not be more proud that their hard work is being recognized on this level. This is an award we will cherish for years to come, but we know our work doesn’t end here. We will continue to build meaningful learning environments for our students and push ourselves to even higher limits moving forward.”
The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private elementary, middle and high schools where students achieve very high learning or are making notable improvements in closing the achievement gap. The coveted award affirms the hard work of educators, families and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content.
All 2018 National Blue Ribbon Schools will be honored at an awards ceremony on Nov. 7-8 in Washington, D.C. at the historic Omni Shoreham hotel.
For more information on the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program and a list of all 2018 recipients, click here.