St. Cecelia Interparochial Catholic School was named a Blue Ribbon School in both 2010 and 2020. Receiving this award is a high honor, and we are proud to represent the values and excellence in academics that being a Blue Ribbon School comes with. However, not all parents are familiar with what it means to be a Blue Ribbon School.
In today’s blog, St. Cecelia explains the program’s history, how to qualify for it, and why being a Blue Ribbon School is important.
The Blue Ribbon School Program was started in 1982 by Terrel H. Bell, a Secretary of Education under the Reagan Administration. The program was intended to highlight the best schools in the nation. These schools were to act as the standard for the best educational processes in the United States and were to facilitate the sharing of these practices to better the quality of all schools.
In the first 25 years from when the program was started, around 5200 schools were awarded a Blue Ribbon. Counting repeat schools, as of today over 10,000 schools have been awarded a Blue Ribbon. More than 130,000 schools are eligible for the award, so to be chosen twice is something that we consider a great honor.
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To be eligible for nomination, a school must meet one of two criteria:
Additionally, the school must be at least five years old and must not have received the award within the last five years. More broadly, the school should show excellence in academics, athletics, and the arts.
According to the Department of Education, schools that receive the award are afforded more opportunities to share and highlight the processes that won them the award in the first place. The opportunity to share what makes St. Cecelia great is important to us, as we’re proud of not only our faculty but the excellence of our students. Educators at Blue Ribbon Schools can be selected to speak at state and regional conferences to share with others how best to invest in the success of their students.
As a testament to the academic performance of St. Cecelia School, our students scored in the top ten percent of the nation in reading and mathematics in the highest grade tested. There were seven public and private schools awarded in the state of Florida, St. Cecelia being one of the seven.
St. Cecelia Interparochial Catholic School prepares students to become lifelong learners that are knowledgeable, principled, and conscientious. We believe in investing in the next generation and preparing them to become the leaders of tomorrow.
If you are looking for this type of education for your student and live around the Clearwater, FL area, contact us today or schedule an appointment to talk with a St. Cecelia representative.
St. Cecelia Interparochial Catholic School (SCS) offers an academically challenging and globally minded interdisciplinary education to children in PreK-3 through 8th grade.
1350 Court Street
Clearwater, FL 33756
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