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Purcellville’s Emerick Elementary among nationally recognized schools

A Purcellville elementary school has been nationally recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos for its academic performance.

Emerick Elementary was one of 342 schools recognized by DeVos as a National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2017.

“National Blue Ribbon Schools are active demonstrations of preparing every child for a bright future,” said DeVos to the honorees. “You are visionaries, innovators and leaders. You have much to teach us: some of you personalize student learning, others engage parents and communities in the work and life of your local schools and still others develop strong and forward-thinking leaders from among your teaching staff.”

The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private elementary, middle and high schools where students achieve high learning standards or are making notable improvements in closing the achievement gap.

This award celebrates the work of educators, families and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content.

Now in its 35th year, the program has recognized more than 8,500 schools. On Nov. 6 to 7, the secretary and the Department of Education will celebrate with these honorees at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Up to 420 schools may be nominated each year. The department invites National Blue Ribbon School nominations from the top education official in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Department of Defense Education Activity and the Bureau of Indian Education. Private schools are nominated by The Council for American Private Education.

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