(Alexandria, MN) Lincoln Elementary School, a K-5 elementary school in Alexandria Public Schools, has been named a National Blue Ribbon School for 2019 by the U.S. Department of Education. It is one of 362 schools nationally recognized today for the honor by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.
The recognition is based on a school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.
Annually, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private elementary, middle, and high schools where students achieve very high learning standards or are making notable improvements in closing the achievement gap.
Lincoln Elementary is one of just 10 Minnesota schools nominated as eligible for the distinction. The other schools are Aspen Academy in Savage, Hancock Public School, Hills-Beaver Creek Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary in White Bear Lake, Montevideo Middle School, Our Lady of Grace Catholic School in Edina, T-C-U Lonsdale PreK-6 Elementary, Trinity School at River Ridge in Eagan, and Wayzata West Middle School. All schools are honored in one of two performance categories – Exemplary High Performing or Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing. The award lists Lincoln Elementary as an Exemplary High Performing School, which places Lincoln among Minnesota’s highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests.
“I am so proud of our Lincoln School community. I am privileged to witness day-in and day-out the growth mindset and positive spirit of our students, parents, and staff,” stated Brendan Bogart, Principal. “I feel the work that they do is extraordinary - they all work so hard to achieve Lincoln’s mission of ‘Working as a team to ensure all students learn and grow.’ The National Blue Ribbon distinction is a reflection of the culture they have created but is in no means an end.”
The 2019 National Blue Ribbon Schools will be honored at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. on November 14 and 15. Each school receives a plaque. U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos will preside over the ceremonies. “We recognize and honor your important work in preparing students for successful careers and meaningful lives” said U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos in a video message to the honorees. “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.”
“This is a wonderful honor for Lincoln as well as our school district,” added Superintendent Julie Critz. “This great accomplishment highlights Lincoln’s tradition and reputation of supporting students and families by developing authentic connections to ensure the success of each child.”