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State Bridge Crossing ES Named Blue Ribbon School of Excellence

State Bridge Crossing Elementary School has just been named a National Blue Ribbon School along with just eight other Georgia schools. The national recognition is bestowed by the U.S. Department of Education (USED) and is based on a school's overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. Up to 420 schools may be nominated each year. USED invites National Blue Ribbon School nominations from the top education official in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and the Bureau of Indian Education.

State Bridge Crossing applied during the spring of 2020 and was awarded in the Exemplary High Performing Schools category. Principal Bridgette Marques shared her pride in the hard work of her school community. "Our faculty and staff have mastered personalized instruction and utilize research-based, carefully planned lessons that instill a profound love of learning," she said. "I believe that sticking close to our mission - to create lifelong learners and to foster the development of responsible citizens - and best practices lead to the school's National Blue Ribbon nomination. We strive to create educational experiences for students that meet their unique learning profiles."

All nominated public schools must meet the state's goals for interim progress in the state accountability system or other performance targets that are set by the state for the school year in question in at least reading (or English language arts), mathematics, graduation rates, and possibly other academic indicators, for the all students group. Additionally, nominated schools must have assessment participation rates of at least 95 percent, using the most recent accountability results available, for the all students group Now in its 38th year, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed almost 10,000 awards to more than 9,000 schools, with some schools winning multiple awards. Schools are eligible for nomination after five years.

State School Superintendent Richard Woods said, "National Blue Ribbon Schools are among the best of the best in our country. I am extremely proud of the educators and students at these Georgia public schools and offer my heartfelt congratulations to each one of them. This is a well-deserved recognition and shines a spotlight on schools working hard to expand opportunities for students."


State Bridge Staff