West Boulevard Elementary School is honored to be named a National Blue Ribbon School 2020. U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos this afternoon (Sept. 24) recognized West as one of only 367 schools in the country to earn the prestigious honor, and one of the very few in the nation to have won the award twice.
“It’s exciting, even a bit overwhelming,” said West Boulevard Principal Al Cervello.
West was first recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School in 2011. According to the Blue Ribbon Program, five years must pass before a school can be nominated again.
“We were nominated as an Exemplary High Performing School by the state of Ohio last spring,” said Cervello. “The Boardman School District sets a high standard, and we are fortunate at West to have an incredible staff, enthusiastic students and very supportive parents. This national honor requires everyone working together to achieve, and we are grateful.”
West Boulevard is among the schools honored as an Exemplary High Performing School.
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 student groups and all students over the past five years.
A Virtual Awards Ceremony will be held on November 12 and 13. The traditional Washington DC ceremony cannot take place this year, due to the pandemic.
Now in its 38th year, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program affirms the hard work of educators, families and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content.