Hartford Public Schools Hartford, Connecticut Connecticut’s first K-12 feeder pathway school, the STEM Magnet at Annie Fisher School in Hartford offers its K-8 students a rigorous grounding in STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and the opportunity to attend a STEM high school to further their studies. Through a partnership with the Connecticut Science… Continue Reading Learning By Inquiry: STEM Magnet at Annie Fisher (K-8)
Austin Independent School District Austin, Texas In only five years, J. Walter Graham Elementary School, a Title I school on the east side of Austin, Texas, went from slipping toward academic unacceptability to “one of the best elementary schools in the state of Texas,” in the words of education researcher Ed Fuller of Penn State… Continue Reading Show Up, Work Hard, Read: J. Walter Graham Elementary School
Boston Public Schools Boston, Massachusetts Fenway High School was founded in 1983 as an alternative program for students at risk of dropping out. Its founders created a small school where students would be challenged intellectually and feel safe socially. Fenway’s motto is “Work Hard. Be Yourself. Do the Right Thing.” To those ends, the school… Continue Reading Engaging Questions at Boston’s First Pilot School: Fenway High School
Each year, the National Blue Ribbon Schools program conducts site visits at selected schools in the year’s cohort. Often these schools are characterized by high student performance and populations with high numbers of disadvantaged students. The 2014 site visits took place in Alabama, Texas, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. Engaging Questions at Boston’s First Pilot School: Fenway… Continue Reading 2012 National Blue Ribbon School Profiles
U.S. Representative Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH) recently singled out 2012 NBRS Bedford Memorial Elementary School (Bedford, NH) for praise on the floor of the U.S. Congress. The positive recognition granted by the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program helps America’s best schools and shows others what is possible, she said. Watch Shea-Porter’s tribute to Bedford Memorial and… Continue Reading National Blue Ribbon Schools Earn Shout-Out from Congress
Julie Prascsak, a senior at the 2012 NBR Communications High School (Wall, NJ), won a top prize in the Association for Career and Technical Education’s (ACTE) 2012 CTE Month national poster design competition to illustrate this year’s theme, Career and Technical Education Works! CTE Month honors America’s long tradition of career and technical education to… Continue Reading NBRS Student Designs Top Poster for CTE Month
McKinley Technology High School in Washington, DC, a 2012 National Blue Ribbon School, was featured January 8, 2013 on the PBS News Hour for its ground-breaking efforts to close the achievement gap through STEM —science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—coursework. A Title I STEM magnet school with 54% of its student population qualifying for subsidized meals,… Continue Reading PBS News Hour Features 2012 NBRS Achievement Gap Closer
The USDE Office of Innovation and Improvement recently featured the 2012 NBRS awardee St. Patrick’s Catholic School, a private pre-K – grade 8 school in Washington, IL. Download St. Patrick’s 2012 NBRS application.