Stevens Creek Elementary named National Blue Ribbon School

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today recognized 367 schools as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2020. The recognition is based on a school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.

“Earning the honor of a National Blue Ribbon School is one of the best acknowledgments of the dedication and commitment to excellence in education for all students that educators, families, and communities can receive," said Dr. Sandra Carraway, Superintendent of Schools. "We’re so very proud of Stevens Creek Elementary for this well-deserved accolade!”

The coveted National Blue Ribbon Schools award affirms the hard work of educators, 

families, and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content. 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. 
Stevens Creek joins three other Columbia County Schools who have earned the national Blue Ribbon Award. They are listed as follows:
Harlem High - 1989; Riverside Middle - 2002; and Stallings Island Middle - 2014.
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The Education Department recognizes all schools in one of two performance categories, based on all student scores, student subgroup scores and graduation rates:

  • Exemplary High Performing Schools – These are among their state’s highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests.
  • Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing Schools – These are among their state’s highest performing in closing achievement gaps between a school’s student groups and all students.

Up to 420 schools may be nominated each year. The U.S. Education Department 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. Private schools are nominated by the Council for American Private Education (CAPE).

2020 National Blue Ribbon School Profile

Stevens Creek Elementary School