|Updated: 9/07/2012 1:24 pm
||Published: 9/07/2012 1:23 pm
A Sand Springs school is one of 269 schools named a Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Secretary of Education.
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recognized 269 schools as 2012 National Blue Ribbon Schools based on their overall academic excellence or for making progress in improving student academic achievement levels.
The Department will honor the approximately 219 public and 50 private schools at a recognition ceremony on Nov. 12-13 in Washington, D.C. In its 30-year history, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed this coveted award on nearly 7,000 of America's schools. This year, six schools in Oklahoma received a National Blue Ribbon Schools award.
"Our nation has no greater responsibility than helping all children realize their full potential," Duncan said. "Schools honored with the National Blue Ribbon Schools award are committed to accelerating student achievement and preparing students for success in college and careers. Their work reflects the conviction that every child has promise and that education is the surest pathway to a strong, secure future."
The National Blue Ribbon Schools award honors public and private elementary, middle, and high schools where students perform at very high levels or where significant improvements are being made in students' levels of achievement.
To select National Blue Ribbon Schools, the Department requests nominations from the top education official in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and the Bureau of Indian Education.
The list of schools in Oklahoma being recognized as 2012 National Blue Ribbon Schools is below:
Hoover Elementary School
2800 West Maine
Enid, OK 73073-5143
School District: Enid Public Schools
Hulbert Elementary School
316 Rider Lane
P O Box 188
Hulbert, OK 74441-0000
School District: Hulbert Public Schools
KIPP Reach College Preparatory School
1901 Northeast 13th
Oklahoma City, OK 73117-3613
School District: Oklahoma City Public Schools
Pratt Elementary School
301 West 35th
Sand Springs, OK 74063-2816
School District: Sand Springs
Santa Fe High School
1901 Southwest 15th Street
Edmond, OK 73013-2689
School District: Edmond Public Schools
Waurika Elementary School
600 Educational Avenue
Waurika, OK 73573-0299
School District: Waurika Public Schools