Imagine Weston Students, Teachers to Celebrate Being Named Among the Top Schools in the Country

MEDIA CONTACT: Lynn Norman-Teck, Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools - 305-216-6208 - l.norman-teck@floridacharterschools.org - www.floridacharterschools.org

Broward County, FL – In September 2012, Imagine Charter School at Weston was named a 2012 National Blue Ribbon School. In an announcement from Washington, D.C., U.S. Secretary of Education Arnie Duncan recognized 269 schools across the country as 2012 National Blue Ribbon Schools based on their overall academic excellence, or for making progress in improving student academic achievement levels. The Department honored approximately 219 public and 50 private schools at a recognition ceremony in Washington, D.C. in November. In its 30-year history, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed this prestigious award on nearly 7,000 of America's schools. Imagine Charter School at Weston is the only Broward County public school named a 2012 Blue Ribbon school.

On Friday, November 30 at 10 a.m., the entire school – all 950 students and their teachers – will participate in special festivities to celebrate their designation as a 2012 National Blue Ribbon School. The founders of Imagine Weston, Dennis and Eileen Bakke, will lead the celebration that includes special musical performances by students. Guests include parents, and City of Weston Mayor Stermer and Commissioner Kallman. The school is located at 2500 Glades Circle in Weston, FL.

Ranked 3rd among the 1,800 state elementary schools, Imagine Charter School at Weston is a K-5 elementary school. Now in its 11th year of operation, the school has earned an "A" grade from the state of Florida since 2001 and in January 2012, earned the distinct recognition of "High Performing Charter School" from the state of Florida.

“We are honored to be a recipient of the 2012 Blue Ribbon School award,” said Mrs. Laham, Principal. “This award is a testament to the incredible work our teachers and students do every day.”