A Raleigh school received the prestigious 2014 National Blue Ribbon Schools Award from the U.S. Department of Education on Tuesday.
Raleigh Charter High School and Briarcliff Elementary School in Cary are among five schools in North Carolina and 337 nationally that are being honored for achieving very high learning standards or making notable improvements in closing the academic achievement gap.
Raleigh Charter was recognized for being among the state’s highest-performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests. Raleigh Charter annually makes lists of the nation’s top public high schools.
Briarcliff was recognized as being among the state’s highest-performing schools in closing achievement gaps between a school’s subgroups and all students over the past five years. Part of the Wake County school system, Briarcliff was honored for its academic gains while having a diverse enrollment where more than 40 percent of the students are receiving subsidized lunches.
“These great schools are fulfilling the promise of American education – that all students, no matter their name or zip code, can flourish when schools provide safe, creative, and challenging learning environments,” U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said in a statement.
Since 1982, nearly 7,900 schools have received the Blue Ribbon Award, which is open to public and private schools. Go to http://1.usa.gov/1vtYJkV for a complete list of all the winners and more information on each school.