The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private elementary, middle and high schools where students achieve very high learning standards. Each year, the U.S. Department of Education seeks out and celebrates outstanding American schools that demonstrate that all students can achieve at high levels.
Patricia Herrera-Johnson, principal at Jennie Reid Elementary from 2011 to 2016, and Tami King, assistant principal during that time period, were on hand to share the news with Jennie Reid students and staff following the Commissioner’s announcement. Herrera-Johnson and King are now principal and assistant principal, respectively, at Lomax Elementary School. Angela Garza-Viator is the current principal of Jennie Reid Elementary, with Lisa Basile the assistant principal.
Superintendent of Schools Lloyd W. Graham explained the importance of the nomination, noting that the school was selected for this honor from over 8,300 campuses in the state.
“Every year, the Texas Commissioner of Education has the opportunity to nominate what he considers the highest performing schools in the state for the prestigious distinction of National Blue Ribbon School,” Graham said. “The success of Jennie Reid Elementary School is the direct result of the continued dedication and commitment of past and present students, their families, faculty members, support staff and campus administration. I trust we all will take a moment to reflect upon the significance of this achievement being acknowledged on the national stage.”
Campuses nominated for the National Blue Ribbon School program, which was founded in 1982, are selected as high performing schools as measured by state assessments. More than 7,500 schools have been recognized since the program’s inception 35 years ago. Public schools nominated for the National Blue Ribbon Schools award must be considered “exemplary high performing schools” and have an economically disadvantaged population of 22 percent or greater.
The next step will be completing the application process for consideration by the U.S. Department of Education. The announcement of National Blue Ribbon Schools is made in September and is followed by a ceremony in Washington, D.C., later in the fall.
This is the second La Porte ISD campus to be nominated for this national honor in the past six years. Lomax Elementary School was named a 2011 National Blue Ribbon School, and campus and district representatives were recognized at the ceremony in the nation’s capital on Nov. 15, 2011.
Jennie Reid Elementary also was recently cited as a High-Progress Title 1 school for 2015-16 by the Texas Education Agency. Only 300 campuses in the state were identified as high-performing or high-progress based on statewide reading and mathematics assessments and graduation rates. A high-progress reward school is one in the top 25 percent in annual improvement and/or the top 25 percent of those demonstrating ability to close performance gaps.
See photos from the announcement at Jennie Reid Elementary School here.
To see the official news release from the Texas Education Agency, click here.