Six Florida Charter Schools Named Blue Ribbon Schools

Six Florida charter schools were recognized as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2015 by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on September 29.

The schools are Pembroke Pines-Florida State University Charter - FSU in Broward, Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate High School in Hillsborough, Doral Academy Charter Middle School in Miami Dade, International Studies Charter High School in Miami Dade, Mater Performing Arts & Entertainment Academy in Miami Dade, and Legacy Charter High School in Orange.

The six charter schools are among 295 public and 50 private schools that will be honored at a November 9-10 recognition ceremony in Washington, D.C.

All schools are recognized in one of two performance categories, based on all student scores, subgroup student scores and graduation rates:

The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private elementary, middle, and high schools where students either achieve very high learning standards or are making notable improvements in closing the achievement gap. The award plaque affirms the hard work of students, educators, families and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging content. The award flag gracing a school's building is a widely recognized symbol of exemplary teaching and learning.

  • Exemplary High Performing Schools are among their state's highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests. Student subgroup performance and high school graduation rates are also at the highest levels.
  • Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing Schools are among their state's highest performing schools in closing achievement gaps between a school's subgroups and all students over the past five years. Student subgroup performance and high school graduation rates for each subgroup are at high levels.

Photographs and brief descriptions of the 2015 National Blue Ribbon Schools are available here.