Four Connecticut Schools Win 2022 National Blue Ribbon Schools Awards – Hartford Courant

Three elementary schools and one high school in Connecticut were among 297 schools across the country that received a 2022 Blue Ribbon National Schools Award from the U.S. Department of Education on Friday.

Booth Hill School in Trumbull, Great Plain School in Danbury, Whiting Lane School in West Hartford and EO Smith High School in Regional School District 19 in Storrs were recognized for their exemplary academic performance and work to Closing the achievement gap in education.

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

Connecticut Education Commissioner Charlene Russell-Tucker congratulated the four Connecticut winners in a press release Friday.

“The Connecticut State Department of Education congratulates all schools named Blue Ribbon Schools in 2022,” she said. “This year, we have focused on highlighting what is going well in schools, and our Blue Ribbon Award winners are great examples of the many innovative practices underway in districts to ensure continued growth and educational success of our students.

In the statement, Governor Ned Lamont credited the state’s teachers for the success of Connecticut students.

“Connecticut’s public schools are consistently ranked among the best in the nation, and that’s because of the teachers and staff who work in our school systems and provide a high standard of learning that helps our students succeed throughout their future. career,” Lamont said. “Our administration remains committed to strengthening every school in our state so that every child – regardless of neighborhood or family income level – has the opportunity to receive an education that prepares them for success.”

EO Smith

2022 marks the second time EO Smith has received such an honor – the high school was also among the 1993 Blue Ribbon recipients. Since the national program began in 1982, 150 public schools and 32 private schools in Connecticut have received the award , but only 13 schools have achieved the distinction twice.

EO Smith serves approximately 1,100 students from Ashford, Columbia, Coventry, Eastford, Mansfield, Willington and Windham. According to a statement from the governor’s office, in 2019, 80.9% of EO Smith graduates enrolled in an institution of higher education.

“EO Smith educators encourage persistence by allowing students to review their work and reassess progress toward learning goals. The school prides itself on a blend of high standards, mastery-based learning and personalization with great flexibility. They do not focus on unnecessary prerequisites and deadlines. Instead, they offer guidelines and create conditions that will enable all students to improve and develop their skills as independent learners,” the statement read.

Booth Hill School

Booth Hill School joins a list of three other Trumbull schools with Blue Ribbon Awards. The school has been recognized for its exemplary performance among its more than 500 students. According to the release, Booth Hill was one of six schools that met the state’s science goal for all student groups in the 2018-19 school year.

“Booth Hill School prides itself on fostering a strong sense of community for educators, students and families. Faculty time is dedicated to level reviews and vertical planning sessions to ensure consistency of expectations and coordination at all levels,” the governor’s statement read. “This school has been identified as a School of Distinction in the Accountability System for three of the past four years.”

Great Plain School

The United States Department of Education has recognized The Great Plain School for its exemplary work in closing achievement gaps. With the addition of Great Plain, Danbury now has five Blue Ribbon schools.

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More than 50% of the school’s 280 students are economically disadvantaged and 33% are learning English, according to the statement. Great Plain has been a School of Distinction for three consecutive years. The school builds strong community partnerships with parents and local foundations to address challenges and support students.

“In 2018-2019, the school not only demonstrated high overall performance in English, but was also recognized for strong academic growth of students with high math and ELA needs,” the statement read. “In an effort to extend learning time, the school has offered a program that allows students to arrive at school early four days a week using district-provided transportation so they can participate in additional math and reading lessons and enrichment based on student needs.”

Whiting Lane School

Whiting Lane School is now one of 11 Blue Ribbon schools in West Hartford. The United States Department of Education awarded the Whiting Lane School the distinction for its work in closing the achievement gap.

Until the start of the 2019-20 school year, Whiting Lane enjoyed a four-year streak as a school of distinction for student academic growth.

According to the release, 25% of Whiting Lane’s 375 students identify as having a disability. The school fosters an inclusive learning environment through its pre-kindergarten program that “pairs students with disabilities with their typical peers in a classroom that “promotes inclusion and awareness and acceptance of differences. .” which permeates the school up to level 5.”

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