St. Joseph’s Academy has been named a National Blue Ribbon School for the fourth time in school history. The announcement was made today by U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King.
SJA is among just 50 private schools in the United States to be recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School for 2016. SJA was previously named a Blue Ribbon school in 1991, 1996 and 2002.
“I am so proud of our students, faculty and staff,” said SJA Principal Dr. Michele Lambert. “Being named a National Blue Ribbon School for the fourth time recognizes SJA’s legacy of academic excellence on the highest level. I know that our alumnae, families and friends join our current students in celebrating this achievement.”
The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private elementary, middle and high schools in one of two performance categories: Exemplary High Performing Schools and Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing Schools. Recognized as an exemplary high performing school, SJA is among Louisiana’s highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests.
According to the U.S. Department of Education, the award affirms the hard work of students, educators, families and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging content. National Blue Ribbon Schools are an inspiration and a model for schools striving for excellence, according to the department.
“National Blue Ribbon Schools are proof that we can prepare every child for college and meaningful careers,” Secretary King said in a video message to honorees. “Your schools are on the cutting edge, pioneering innovative educational practices – professional learning communities, project-based learning, social and emotional learning, positive behavior systems – making you shining examples for your communities, your state and the nation.”
SJA President Jan Rhorer Breen said the recognition celebrates SJA as a great American school whose students achieve at the highest levels. “I am humbled by the dedication to excellence from each and every member of our Academy community,” she said. “Being named a National School of Excellence speaks to the dedication and commitment of our students, faculty, staff and administration. We are proud to be recognized as a place of exemplary teaching and learning.”
Now in its 34th year, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed this coveted award on fewer than 8,500 schools. SJA will join this year’s recipients, including 279 public schools and 49 other private schools, at an awards ceremony on November 7 and 8 in Washington, D.C.
Students, faculty and staff celebrated the news with an end-of-the-day announcement assembly in the Activity Center.
St. Joseph’s Academy was founded in 1868 by the Sisters of St. Joseph. Its mission is to educate young women as responsible and unifying members of the world community. In the spirit and charism of the Sisters of St. Joseph, St. Joseph’s Academy offers opportunities for faith development, academic excellence and personal growth.
For more information about the National Blue Ribbon Schools program, please visit http://nationalblueribbonschools.ed.gov/
Mindy Brodhead Averitt
Date posted: September 28, 2016