When West Towson Elementary School was named a Maryland Blue Ribbon School last week, it became the 24th BCPS school to earn that prestigious status.
We thought this would be a great time to explain what Blue Ribbon status means and look at the BCPS schools that have earned this achievement.
Q: So what is The Blue Ribbon School program?
A: The Blue Ribbon School program is a state and national program that recognizes and honors high performance and significant process. Schools must meet rigorous standards developed by MSDE and the U.S. Department of Education.
Q: How was West Towson Elementary selected?
A: This year, West Towson and the other honored schools were all selected in the category of exemplary high-achieving school. Each scored in the top 15 of all Maryland Schools on the 2017 PARCC assessments. An average of 79 percent of West Towson Elementary students met or exceeded expectations in math and Engligh language arts.
Q: How many Maryland public schools earned this status?
A: Just six. They are:
- West Towson Elementary School, Baltimore County
- Urbana Elementary School, Frederick County
- Fallston Middle School, Harford County
- Waterloo Elementary School, Howard County
- Bannockburn Elementary School, Montgomery County
- Luxmanor Elementary School, Montgomery County
Q: Can we watch the announcement?
A: Sure. Check it out below. We also have posted photo highlights on Twitter.
Q: So what happens next?
A: As a Maryland Blue Ribbon School, West Towson will receive a Maryland Blue Ribbon flag, a monetary prize, $1,000 in office supplies, interactive technology equipment, and a school celebration. At a dinner in Annapolis on March 12, 2018, the winning schools will be celebrated by the Maryland House of Delegates and the Senate.
Maryland Blue Ribbon Schools compete for National Blue Ribbon Awards, which will be announced by USDE next year.
Q: Do you have a list of BCPS schools that have earned Blue Ribbon status.
A: Yep. Here are the BCPS schools that have earned Maryland Blue Ribbon status:
- Carroll Manor Elementary
- Catonsville Middle
- Chadwick Elementary
- Charlesmont Elementary
- Dulaney High
- Dumbarton Middle
- Eastern Technical High
- George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology
- Hereford High
- Hereford Middle
- Kingsville Elementary
- Middlesex Elementary
- Pine Grove Elementary
- Red House Run Eleementary
- Riderwood Elementary
- Ridgely Middle
- Seventh District Elementary
- Sparks Elementary
- Summit Park Elementary
- Timonium Elementary
- Towson High
- West Towson Elementary
- Western School of Technology
- Woodholme Elementary
Q: Which BCPS schools have earned National Blue Ribbon Status?
A: We have a timeline posted at BCPS.org. But we will also share it here.
George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology
Hereford High School
Pine Grove Elementary
Western School of Technology
Eastern Technical High
Seventh District Elementary
Red House Run Elementary
Carroll Manor Elementary
Summit Park Elementary