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DC Prep’s Edgewood Elementary Campus (EEC), is a 2013 National Blue Ribbon School. The announcement, made today by U.S. Department of Education (DOE) Secretary Arne Duncan, honors just 286 K-12 schools nationwide for achievement gains or overall academic excellence in the 2012-2013 school year. Among them, EEC was the only public school – traditional or charter – selected from the nation’s capital.
“I am thrilled to accept this prestigious award on behalf of the entire Edgewood Elementary Campus team of dedicated, talented teachers and school leaders,” said Nicole Bryan, who served as Principal of EEC from 2010-2013 before transitioning to a role in the DC Prep Home Office as Managing Director for Early Childhood. “Our entire campus community should celebrate their accomplishments in the classroom.”
National Blue Ribbon School nominees are selected in one of two criteria tied directly to student performance: “Exemplary High Performing” (among their state’s highest-performing schools on statewide assessments) and “Exemplary Improving” (schools with, at a minimum, 40% of students from disadvantaged backgrounds showing progress in achievement on statewide assessments). Nominated by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education, EEC was selected for its exemplary student performance and record of student achievement as an “Exemplary High Performing” school.
Proving that demographics are not destiny, EEC students in the 2012-13 school year were 93% African American and 7% Hispanic, with 81% qualifying for free and reduced price meals. In addition, the campus had a 7% special education student population.
“Since its opening as DC Prep’s first elementary school in 2007, EEC has consistently risen to the formidable challenge of bridging the educational divide in our city,” said Le Roy (Terry) Eakin III, DC Prep’s Board Chair. “Along with the rest of DC Prep’s Board of Directors and supporters, I commend Nicole Bryan’s leadership and her entire team for this well-earned distinction.”
Only 286 public and private elementary, middle, and high schools were selected as National Blue Ribbon Schools this year, out of 420 nominations nationwide. DC Prep will be honored along with fellow 2013 cohort schools at a DOE ceremony November 18-19 in the nation’s capital.
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