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NEWS RELEASES 2000-01 :: MAY 31, 2001


Seven North Carolina elementary schools were among 223 public and 41 private schools to be recognized as a 2000-01 Blue Ribbon School.

Receiving the award were:

  • Barringer Academic Center, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
  • Davis Drive Elementary, Wake County Schools
  • Wiley International Elementary, Wake County Schools
  • Emma Elementary, Buncombe County Schools
  • Harnett Primary, Harnett County Schools
  • Unionville Elementary, Union County Schools
  • Waccamaw Elementary, Brunswick County Schools

For the past 18 years, the U.S. Department of Education has recognized many of the nation's most successful schools through its Blue Ribbon Schools Program. Schools selected for this prestigious award model excellence and equity and exhibit a strong commitment to educational excellence for all students.

U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige said, "These schools represent pockets of excellence in education that can be found in communities all across the county." Paige added that Blue Ribbon Schools can serve as examples of what is possible under the president's plan to create a system of education that gives every child access to a quality education.

Blue Ribbon Schools are selected based on evaluations of written materials, site visit reports of experienced principals and administrators, and reviewer recommendations. Elementary and secondary schools participate in alternate years with middle schools participating with high schools in the recognition program. School representatives will be honored during a National Recognition Ceremony scheduled for the fall.

The Blue Ribbon Schools Award Program was started in 1982 to identify and recognize outstanding public and private schools across the nation; establish a framework of criteria which schools could use for self-assessment and improvement; and provide a forum to share best practices. To date, over 4,200 schools have received this award representing the full spectrum of learning environments.

For additional information regarding the Blue Ribbon Schools Program, please contact Pat Wilkins, NC DPI, 919.807.3953.

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 126 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.

For more information:
NCDPI Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.