BATON ROUGE, La. (WVLA/WGMB) — The U.S. Department of Education announced that seven Louisiana schools have won 2019 National Blue Ribbon Schools awards.
The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program, established in 1982, honors public and nonpublic schools in each state that are either high-performing or have closed achievement gaps, especially among minority or disadvantaged students. These schools demonstrate that all students can achieve at high levels.
“We applaud these schools for their ability to either steadily improve student achievement over subsequent years or consistently remain one of the top performing schools in the state,” said State Superintendent John White. “What an honor it is to have them represent Louisiana.”
Two of the winning public schools are recognized as “Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing Schools.”
They are among the state’s highest-performing schools in closing achievement gaps between a school’s subgroups and all students over the past five years.
The schools include: Bayou Black Elementary School, Terrebonne Parish St. Charles Elementary School, Lafourche ParishFour of the winning public schools are recognized as “Exemplary High Performing Schools.” They are among the state’s highest-performing schools overall.
Student subgroup performance and high school graduation rates are also at the highest levels. The schools include:Early College Academy, Lafayette Parish Haynes Academy School for Advanced Studies, Jefferson Parish Patrick F. Taylor Science and Technology Academy, Jefferson Parish Thomas Jefferson High School for Advanced Studies, Jefferson Parish One nonpublic school, Parkview Baptist School in Baton Rouge, also received the national honor.