Seipelt Named National Blue Ribbon School!

Posted on: September 30, 2014
teacher in classroom at Seipelt

Charles L. Seipelt Elementary School has been selected as a National Blue Ribbon School for 2014. On September 30, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recognized 337 schools as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2014 based on their overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. These schools demonstrate that all students can achieve to high levels. Seipelt is one of just 239 Elementary Schools from across the nation to be named an Exemplary High Performing School. To celebrate their Blue Ribbon status, Seipelt staff and students will be wearing blue on Wednesday, October 1.

Secretary Duncan made this announcement live via the Department's USTREAM channel. The Department will honor all the schools at a recognition ceremony on November 10-11, 2014 in Washington, D.C. In its 32-year history, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed this coveted award on just under 7,900 of America’s schools.

“These great schools are fulfilling the promise of American education—that all students, no matter their name or zip code, can flourish when schools provide safe, creative, and challenging learning environments,” Secretary Duncan said. “National Blue Ribbon Schools are models of consistent excellence and a resource for other schools and districts. We celebrate them for their tireless effort and boundless creativity in reaching and teaching every student.”

The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private elementary, middle, and high schools where students either 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.

 “To earn this national recognition is very impressive and exemplifies what we are truly striving for by offering equal opportunities for all students to achieve at their highest potential,” said Dr. Robert Farrell, Milford EVSD Superintendent.

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. Only 239 elementary schools from throughout the nation are being recognized as Exemplary High Performing Schools.

“I am so fortunate to have such a fantastic and dedicated group of teachers, staff and parents, as well as, a wonderful group of students who all work hard every day,” said Seipelt Principal, Sarah Greb. “We feel so honored to receive this award as a validation of our hard work.”

The Department invites National Blue Ribbon School nominations from the top education official in every state. The U.S. Secretary of Education invites nominated schools to submit an application for possible recognition as a National Blue Ribbon School.