Carter G. Woodson named 2009 National Blue Ribbon School!

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This just in, from the Georgia Department of Education: Carter G. Woodson Elementary has been named a 2009 National Blue Ribbon School, along with five other metro Atlanta schools.

Woodson follows fellow APS school F.L. Stanton Elementary, which was named a National Blue Ribbon School in 2008.

According to Georgia Schools Superintendent Kathy Cox …

These seven schools are outstanding examples of how high expectations and hard work can lead to outstanding student achievement. These schools show that, regardless of a school’s size, geography or demographics, all students can achieve at high levels.

Congratulations to Principal Dr. Viola Belinda Blackshear (pictured above), the faculty, staff, parents, students and community partners who helped make this happen! Read the press release after the jump …

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September 15, 2009 — Seven Georgia public schools were named 2009 National Blue Ribbon Schools today.
   “These seven schools are outstanding examples of how high expectations and hard work can lead to outstanding student achievement,” said State Superintendent of Schools Kathy Cox. “These schools show that, regardless of a school’s size, geography or demographics, all students can achieve at high levels.”
   The No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon Schools award distinguishes and honors schools for helping students achieve at very high levels and for making significant progress in closing the achievement gap.  
   U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced the National Blue Ribbon School award winners this morning. (See U.S. Department of Education Release)
   Blue Ribbon Schools are chosen in one of three categories (see the full criteria descriptions):
   – TOP 10%: Schools that scored in the top 10 percent in student achievement.
   – TOP 10%: (40% Disadvantaged): Schools that scored in the top 10 percent in student achievement AND have at least 40 percent of its students considered economically disadvantaged.
   – GREATEST GAINS: Schools with at least 40 percent economically disadvantaged students that have dramatically improved student achievement to high levels. 
    Five Georgia private schools also were named National Blue Ribbon schools.  The selection process for private schools is different. For more information, go to http://www.capenet.org/brs.html.  
   Georgia’s winning schools will join other national winners at an awards ceremony on November 3 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C.
   For more information on the Blue Ribbon Schools program, go to the Blue Ribbon Schools website at http://www.ed.gov/programs/nclbbrs/awards.html.  

2009 GEORGIA BLUE RIBBON SCHOOLS

Public
– Alice Coachman Elementary School, Dougherty County
– Carter Godwin Woodson Elementary School, Atlanta Public Schools
– DeKalb School of the Arts, DeKalb County
– Hightower Trail Middle School, Cobb County
– Honey Creek Elementary School, Rockdale County
– Trion High School, Trion City Schools
– Tunnel Hill Elementary School, Whitfield County

Private
– Holy Redeemer Catholic School, Johns Creek
– Holy Spirit Preparatory School, Atlanta
– Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic School, Atlanta
– Our Lady of Victory Catholic School, Tyrone
– St. Francis Xavier Catholic School, Brunswick

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  1. Congratulations Dr. Blackshear! Your service has proven to be a greatsuccess in the schools and community. We all appreciate your efforts. From Mrs. McCamey

  2. Thanks Dr. Blackshear for your leadership. A school cannot be any greater than its leader. I count it a great privilege for me to be a part of this school!

  3. Congratulations to Dr. Blackshear and the Woodson Staff. As a retired principal from an APS School with similar demographics (Boyd), I certainly know how many lemons you had to turn into lemonade–indeed- to achieve Blue-Ribbon status. Keep up the great work!

    Bettye D. Wright

  4. Dr. Blackshear you have made all of APS proud! I am grateful to have had the honor of working with you at Bunche and am glad to see you exhibiting such outstanding leadership at one of our schools.

  5. Congratulations Dr. Blackshear!! You continue to raise the standard of excellence! Have a great year!

  6. CONGRATULATIONS! Dr. Blackshear, Staff and Students for your outstanding performance–CONTINUE with great successes such as thiese. I am very proud of you all! C. Dowdell

  7. Proud CGW alumni and a parent of two of the brightest stars shining at CGW. I am proud to be a panther parent and proud of school. Keep up the good work Panthers. Keep up the great work Atlanta public schools. We are proud of you.

  8. Congratulations to the principal and staff for this outstanding accomplishment. You have made Atlanta Public Schools proud.

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