NEWS RELEASES 2013-14 :: SEPTEMBER 27, 2013


Six North Carolina public schools were recently named 2013 National Blue Ribbon Schools by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. These schools are among 236 public and 50 private schools to be recognized for helping all students achieve at very high levels and for making significant progress in closing the achievement gap.

North Carolina public schools receiving this prestigious recognition are: Greene Early College High (Greene County Schools), The Middle College at NC A&T (Guilford County Schools), Providence Spring Elementary (Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools), Rutherford Early College High (Rutherford County Schools), Shiloh Elementary (Union County Schools), and Weddington Middle (Union County Schools).

In announcing the schools, Secretary Duncan said, "Excellence in education matters and we should honor the schools that are leading the way to prepare students for success in college and careers." He added that National Blue Ribbon Schools represent "examples of educational excellence and their work reflects the belief that every child in America deserves a world-class education."

For the past 31 years, this prestigious program has honored more than 7,000 of the nation's most successful schools. Schools selected for this prestigious award model excellence in leadership, teaching, curriculum, student achievement and parental involvement.

National Blue Ribbon Schools are recognized in one of two performance categories:

  • Exemplary High Performing: schools are among the state's highest-performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally- normed tests; and
  • Exemplary Improving: schools have at least 40 percent of students from disadvantaged backgrounds and demonstrate the most progress in improving student achievement levels as measured by state assessments or nationally-normed tests.

State education departments nominate public schools that meet the rigorous criteria for consideration. Once all nominations are received, the U.S. Secretary of Education invites the nominated schools to submit applications for possible recognition as a National Blue Ribbon School.

Representatives from each of these schools will be honored at a conference and awards ceremony to be held Nov. 18-19 in Washington, DC. They will receive a plaque and a flag signifying their National Blue Ribbon School status.

Additional information regarding the National Blue Ribbon School program is available online at

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 160 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.