Thirteen Md. schools win blue-ribbon designation
Thirteen Maryland schools, including six public schools and seven Catholic schools, were designated National Blue Ribbon Schools this week by the U.S. Department of Education. The recognition is based on the schools’ overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups, the department said in a prepared statement. Shipley’s Choice Elementary in Anne Arundel County and Manor Woods Elementary in Howard County were among the six public schools recognized. Maryland school officials said each of the schools has high test scores in reading and math and many have significant numbers of economically disadvantaged students. All six of the public schools were previously named as Maryland Blue Ribbon schools. The other public schools named are Sunderland Elementary in Calvert County, Centerville Elementary in Frederick County, and Ronald McNair Elementary and Farmland Elementary, both in Montgomery County. The private schools are Little Flower School in Montgomery County, Saint John’s Catholic School in Saint Mary’s County, St.