Three NKY schools named 2022 Blue Ribbon winners

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Two local public schools and one Catholic school were among only five in Kentucky named 2022 National Blue Ribbon winners this year.

The U.S. Department of Education recognized Longbranch Elementary School in Union, which is part of Boone County Schools, and Samuel Woodfill Elementary School, which is part of Fort Thomas Independent schools. It also honored St. Therese School in Southgate.

Blue Ribbon Winners recognize schools in one of two performance categories, based on all student scores, subgroup student scores, and graduation rates:

  • Exemplary High-Performing Schools: Among the state’s highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests.
  • Exemplary Achievement Gap-Closing Schools: Among the state’s highest performing schools in closing achievement gaps between a school’s student groups and all students.

“This award shines a light on the dedication of school leaders, staff, teachers, families, and communities to strive for and attain excellence,” Kentucky Commissioner of Education Jason E. Glass said. “I congratulate and thank our newest Blue Ribbon Schools for their hard work to ensure every student has the skills they need for a successful future.”

Three other public Kentucky schools were also recognized. Cairo Elementary School in Henderson County, Fancy Farm Elementary School in Graves County, and Frankfort High School in Frankfort. St. Francis of Assisi School in Louisville was also recognized.

The Kentucky schools are among the 297 public and private elementary, middle, and high schools across the country that were recognized this year.

“As our country continues to recover from the pandemic, we know that our future will only be as strong as the education we provide to all of our children,” U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona said. “Blue Ribbon Schools have gone above and beyond to keep students healthy and safe while meeting their academic, social, emotional, and mental health needs. These schools show what is possible to make an enduring, positive difference in students’ lives.”

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The 2022 National Blue Ribbon Schools will be honored at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., later this school year.

Correction: An earlier version of this story only listed the two public schools from Northern Kentucky. It has been updated to include St. Therese. LINK nky regrets the error.

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