Today, U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona recognized 325 schools as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2021, including one school in the Lake Washington School District.
Rosa Parks Elementary School, in Redmond was the only school recognized with a National Blue Ribbon in the state of Washington. The school was nominated under the “Exemplary High Performing Schools” category.
“Rosa Parks Elementary School is a truly special school community for students, families and staff,” said Principal Melissa Doering. “I am so thankful to lead this unique and diverse community of learners for a fourth year, and I believe this award recognizes the ongoing dedication of our world-class teaching staff and our supportive community to the success of our students. We are so proud of this accomplishment, and we will continue to learn, monitor and adjust to meet our children’s needs.”
The coveted National Blue Ribbon Schools award aims to affirm the hard work of educators, families and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content.
“This year’s cohort of honorees demonstrates what is possible when committed educators and school leaders create vibrant, welcoming, and affirming school cultures where rich teaching and learning can flourish,” said Secretary Cardona. “I commend all our Blue Ribbon honorees for working to keep students healthy and safe while meeting their academic, social, emotional, and mental health needs. In the face of unprecedented circumstances, you found creative ways to engage, care for, protect, and teach our children.”
Up to 420 schools may be nominated each year. The Department invites National Blue Ribbon Schools nominations from the top education officials 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.
“We are very proud of the Rosa Parks Elementary School community for achieving a National Blue Ribbon award,” said Dr. Jon Holmen, Lake Washington School District Superintendent. “This award is indicative of the work being done in our schools to provide excellent learning opportunities for students while also supporting their social-emotional health.”