For Immediate Release — October 4, 2019 | Americas
PEACHTREE CITY, GEORGIA — October 4, 2019 — PEACHTREE CITY, GEORGIA – A Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Americas School was recognized recently by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy Devos as a 2019 National Blue Ribbon School.
Maxwell AFB Elementary/Middle School at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama is one of the 362 National Blue Ribbon Schools recognized across the nation, and one of the three DoDEA schools recognized. The award is based on the school’s overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.
“I am extremely proud of the hard work and dedication to student achievement shown at Maxwell AFB Elementary Middle School to earn the National Blue Ribbon Award recognition,” said Dr. Judith Minor, DoDEA Americas Director for Student Achievement. “The efforts of the leadership, teachers, and staff to exemplify the DoDEA mission of excellence in education for every student, every day, everywhere.”
National Blue Ribbon Schools are recognized in one of two performance categories, based on all student scores, subgroup student scores, and graduation rates:
Exemplary High Performing Schools are among their state’s highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests.
Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing Schools are among their state’s highest performing schools in closing achievement gaps between a school’s subgroups and all students over the past five years.
Maxwell AFB Elementary/Middle School was established in 1963 in Montgomery, Alabama. Since its inception, the school has provided a superior education for pre-Kindergarten through fifth-grade children of United States military personnel living on Maxwell Air Force Base. The middle school, sixth through eighth grade, was added in July 2011.
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. This coveted award affirms the hard work of educators, families and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content. The National Blue Ribbon Schools flag gracing a school’s building is a widely recognized symbol of exemplary teaching and learning. National Blue Ribbon Schools are an inspiration and a model for schools still striving for excellence. A total of 362 schools were recognized this year.
Now in its 37th year, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed this coveted award on more than 9,000 schools. On Nov. 14 and 15, 2019, the Secretary and the Department of Education will celebrate with these honorees at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.