Alaska schools named Blue
Ribbon Schools by the U.S. DOE
October 15, 2007
Richard Johnson Elementary School in Metlakatla and Delta Junction
Elementary School have been named 2007 No Child Left Behind Blue
Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education.
"I congratulate the students, the schools' staffs, and their
communities for this well-deserved recognition," said Alaska
Interim Education Commissioner Barbara Thompson. "They represent
the many Alaska schools that strive to improve the academic achievement
of all their students."
Richard Johnson Elementary, in the Annette Island School District,
serves nearly 150 students in kindergarten through grade five
in a predominantly Native community. Delta Junction Elementary,
in the Delta-Greely School District, serves nearly 400 students
in prekindergarten through grade five.
They are among 287 schools nationwide to win the award, which
honors schools for helping students achieve at very high levels
or for making progress in closing the achievement gap between
disadvantaged students and other students.
"Disadvantaged" is defined as students who are from
low-income families, or are limited English proficient, or are
Both of Alaska's awarded schools are dramatically improved schools
with at least 40 percent of their students from disadvantaged
Only 413 schools nationwide can be nominated by the states, apportioned
by state student enrollments. Alaska was allowed three nominations.
Nominated schools are then invited to submit an application if
they want to be considered for the honor.
Representatives from the awarded
schools will be honored at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., on
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