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2014 National Blue Ribbon School

We are very elated to be recognized as a 2014 National Blue Ribbon School, the top education award in the nation. 

 

 

 

 

National Blue Ribbon FAQs

What are the benefits and responsibilities of Crossroad Academy Charter School being recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education?

Each year, National Blue Ribbon Schools shine under a national spotlight for all the right reasons. The award acknowledges and validates the hard work of students, educators, families, and communities in striving for-and attaining-exemplary achievement. For many, attaining the National Blue Ribbon School award is the realization of a long-held dream.

National Blue Ribbon Schools serve as models for other schools throughout the nation, and school personnel are often sought out as mentors. Their applications are posted on the U.S. Department of Education's website, and media eagerly profile recognized schools, helping the school, its district, and community gain additional exposure. Representatives from schools are honored at an annual awards ceremony held in Washington, DC. Each school receives an engraved plaque and program flag with the official seal, which signifies its status and the year of its award.


How did Crossroad Academy become a National Blue Ribbon School?

Both public and non-public schools are eligible for the National Blue Ribbon Schools award. As a public school, you met the criteria listed below for exemplary high performing schools,

Public schools nominated for the National Blue Ribbon Schools award must meet one of two performance award criteria:

Exemplary High Performing Schools: "High performing" is defined by the CSSO of each state, but at a minimum means:

  • The performance of all tested students in the school in the most recent year tested in both reading (English language arts) and mathematics must be in the top 15 percent of all schools in the state when schools are ranked based on the performance of all tested students.
  • For each of the school's subgroups, the performance of all tested students in the subgroup in the most recent year tested in both reading (English language arts) and mathematics must be in the top 40 percent of all schools in the state when schools are ranked based on the performance of tested students in that subgroup.
  • For the most recent year in which graduation rates are available in the state, the graduation rate of a high school must be in the top 15 percent of all high school graduation rates in the state.

 

How did Crossroad Academy receive this prestigious nomination?

Crossroad Academy was nominated by the Florida Commissioner of Education to the National Blue Ribbon Schools program.  The U.S. Department of Education determined the number of nominations per state [PDF, 20K] based on the number of K-12 students and schools in each state. One-third of the schools nominated by each state must have at least 40 percent of their students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Approximately 86% of the student population at Crossroad Academy has a disadvantaged background.  

 

Does National Blue Ribbon School status expire?

A school's National Blue Ribbon School status does not expire. Once a school receives the award, it remains a National Blue Ribbon School. However, school representatives must always use the year of the award when identifying their school as a National Blue Ribbon School.

For example:

Crossroad Academy Charter School,
2014 National Blue Ribbon School is correct.

Crossroad Academy Charter School,
National Blue Ribbon School is not correct.