This is the second Blue Ribbon Award for Vandergriff. The school was also recognized as a Blue Ribbon School in 2009.
"I am so proud of our students, staff, and parents at Vandergriff," said principal Andrea Sego. "The standards for this award are very high, and it took dedicated work by everyone involved to reach those standards. For decades our community has strongly valued and supported public education, and their commitment made this possible."
"This honor recognizes your students' accomplishments and the hard work and dedication that went into their success," Duncan said in a video message to the awardees. "Your journey has taught you collaboration, intentional instruction, and strong relationships in school and with your community. You represent excellence--in vision, in implementation, and in results--and we want to learn as much as we can from you."
The Department of Education will honor 285 public and 50 private schools at a recognition ceremony on November 9-10 in Washington, D.C. In its 33-year history, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed this coveted award on more than 8,000 of America's schools.
A celebration will be held in November at Vandergriff Elementary School following the formal presentation in Washington.