Three Montana Schools Receive National Blue Ribbon Schools Award

Friday, September 7, 2012
By Allyson Hagen

Three Montana Schools Receive National Blue Ribbon Schools Award

Helena, MT — Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau announced that three Montana schools have been awarded the 2012 National Blue Ribbon Schools Award. The schools being recognized are: Columbus High School in Columbus, Lincoln School in Great Falls and Montana City Elementary School in Montana City. The Office of Public Instruction nominated the schools in January of this year.

The Blue Ribbon Schools program honors elementary and secondary schools that made significant progress in closing the achievement gap or whose students achieve at very high levels. All three Montana schools have been nominated in the Exemplary High Performing School category. “High performing” means (a) that the achievement of the school’s students in the most recent year tested places the school among the highest performing schools in the state on state assessments of reading and mathematics, and (b) disaggregated results for student subgroups, including students from disadvantaged backgrounds, must be similar to the results for all students tested.

"We nominated these great Montana schools and communities to serve as national models based upon their success," said Superintendent Juneau. "I am very proud of these schools as they reflect our statewide commitment to providing every child in Montana with a quality education."

The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program is an effort to identify and share knowledge about the best school leadership and teaching practices and to set a standard of excellence for all schools striving for the highest level of achievement.

The U.S. Department of Education will honor 219 public and 50 private schools with their National Blue Ribbon School awards at a conference and awards ceremony November 12-13 in Washington, D.C.  In its 30-year history, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed this coveted award on nearly 7,000 of America’s schools.

School contacts:

Columbus High School, Columbus
George McKay, Principal
(406) 322-5373

Lincoln School, Great Falls
Jon Konen, Principal
(406) 268-6819

Montana City Elementary School, Montana City
Steve Connole, Principal
(406) 442-6779

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