U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today recognized North Mianus School as one of 362 schools named to the list of National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2019. The recognition is based on a school's overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.
"As a National Blue Ribbon School, your school demonstrates what is possible when committed educators hold all students and staff to high standards and create vibrant, innovative cultures of teaching and learning," said Ms. DeVos in a video message.
North Mianus School Principal Angela Schmidt said, "I am proud of our incredibly talented staff who always put children first. Our school's diverse community of learners has a strong support system of dedicated and enthusiastic teachers and an active network of parent volunteers. Together, we celebrate this exciting accomplishment."
Through a variety of strategies, North Mianus School develops the academic, interpersonal and personal capacities of every student, in alignment with Greenwich Public School's Vision of the Graduate. Teachers and staff instill these capabilities in many ways, including developing a student-centered approach for academic growth. A personalized approach to learning ensures every student can progress at an appropriate pace and includes playlists, choice boards or station rotation in which students have choices based on pre-assessment data and interest. This data is used to determine the appropriate path and to help students plan appropriate goals along with the teacher. These assessments identify strengths as well as areas of need and provide a clear path to content mastery.
Now in its 37th year, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed recognition on more than 9,000 schools. On November 14 and 15, the Secretary and the Department of Education will celebrate with 312 public and 50 non-public school honorees at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.
North Mianus School will gather its students for an assembly on Friday, September 27th at 2:15PM to formally share and celebrate the news.