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Ross High School Named National Blue Ribbon School

posted Oct 2, 2015, 4:46 AM by Brian Martin   [ updated Oct 2, 2015, 7:30 AM ]

On September 29, 2015, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced Ross High School as one of 335 schools nationwide to receive the U.S. Department of Education's Blue Ribbon Award. The high school was recognized as an Exemplary High Performing School and slated to receive education’s most prestigious award.  Exemplary High Performing Schools are among their state’s highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests.  Student subgroup performance and high school graduation rates are also at the highest levels. Ross High School has been consistently ranked at the highest level on the Ohio Department of Education’s State Report Card and the school’s most recent graduation rate of 98.6% marked four consecutive years that the graduation rate was above 97%.

Since 1982, the U.S. Department of Education has sought out and celebrated great American schools. The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program award program recognizes public and private schools where students either achieve very high learning standards or are making notable improvements in closing the achievement gap.

"This honor recognizes your students' accomplishments and the hard work and dedication that went into their success," Duncan said in a video message to the awardees. "Your journey has taught you collaboration, intentional instruction, and strong relationships in school and with your community. You represent excellence—in vision, in implementation, and in results—and we want to learn as much as we can from you."

The U.S. Department of Education will honor 285 public and 50 private schools at a recognition ceremony on Nov. 9-10 in Washington, D.C. In its 33-year history, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed this coveted award on more than 8,000 of America's schools.

“This award is a testament not only to the outstanding individuals who work with our children each day, but also to the parents and other community members who support our schools in many ways,” stated Ross Superintendent of Schools Greg Young, “The Ross School District is blessed to have hard working students, committed staff members, exemplary administrators, and a supportive community”.