U.S. Secretary of Education, John B. King, Jr., announced today that Birchview Elementary School has been named a 2016 National Blue Ribbon School. Birchview is one among 279 public and 50 private schools receiving this honor across the nation and one of only five schools in Minnesota.
“National Blue Ribbon Schools are proof that we can prepare every child for college and meaningful careers, King said in a video message to honorees. “Your schools are on the cutting edge, pioneering innovative educational practices—professional learning communities, project-based learning, social and emotional learning, positive behavior systems—making you shining examples for your communities, your state and the nation.”
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. The award affirms the hard work of students, educators, families, and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging content.
Birchview Principal Sam Fredrickson and Robert Bevars, special education teacher will represent Birchview at a two-day awards ceremony on November 7 and 8 in Washington, D.C., to celebrate their hard-won achievements.