An­cil­lae-As­sumpta named Blue Rib­bon School

Na­tional honor is school’s fourth, mak­ing it only el­e­men­tary school in Penn­syl­va­nia to achieve that feat

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CHEL­TENHAM >> The Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion an­nounced Oct. 1 that An­cil­lae-As­sumpta Academy, based in Wyn­cote, has been named a Na­tional Blue Rib­bon School for the fourth time in its his­tory.

The academy is the only el­e­men­tary school in Penn­syl­va­nia — pub­lic or pri­vate — to be named a Blue Rib­bon School four times. An­cil­lae-As­sumpta Academy was first rec­og­nized by the DOE in 1986, fol­lowed by 1991 and later in 2010. This year, the academy is one of only 349 schools be­ing named na­tion­ally.

The Na­tional Blue Rib­bon

Schools Pro­gram hon­ors pub­lic and pri­vate el­e­men­tary, mid­dle and high schools where stu­dents achieve very high learn­ing stan­dards or are mak­ing no­table im­prove­ments in clos­ing the achieve­ment gap. This cov­eted award af­firms the hard work of ed­u­ca­tors, fam­i­lies and com­mu­ni­ties in cre­at­ing safe and wel­com­ing schools where stu­dents master chal­leng­ing and en­gag­ing con­tent.

“We are so pleased to be named a Na­tional Blue Rib­bon School for the fourth time,” said Amy Lint­ner, An­cil­lae-As­sumpta Academy di­rec­tor. “Re­ceiv­ing this award again in 2018 is a tremen­dous honor and a won­der­ful tes­ta­ment to our com­mit­ted fac­ulty, who pro­vide a sup­port­ive foun­da­tion for nur­tur­ing and fos­ter­ing our stu­dents’ per­sonal and ed­u­ca­tional growth.”

The academy’s ed­u­ca­tional phi­los­o­phy, given the acro­nym R.I.C.E., pro­motes an in­te­gral un­der­stand­ing and prac­tice of shared re­spon­si­bil­ity, hu­man in­ter­de­pen­dence, dy­namic cre­ativ­ity and peo­ple em­pow­er­ment. Through the R.I.C.E. process, the stu­dents learn in the­ory and ex­pe­ri­ence to ap­pre­ci­ate the im­por­tance of a global view­point and to see the in­ter­re­lat­ed­ness of peo­ples, which pre­pare them for the chal­lenges and de­mands of the fu­ture. An­cil­lae’s com­mit­ment to the goals of the R.I.C.E. process has been key to main­tain­ing the level of qual­ity that has his­tor­i­cally earned the school top awards in ed­u­ca­tion.

In 1990, An­cil­lae-As­sumpta was one of the first six el­e­men­tary schools to gain ap­proval of an en­tre­pre­neur­ial project for ac­cred­i­ta­tion pur­poses when it re­ceived a 10-year reac­cred­i­ta­tion from the Mid­dles States As­so­ci­a­tion of Col­leges and Schools for a spe­cial project on the R.I.C.E. process. An­cil­lae was reac­cred­ited in 2012 by the Mid­dle States As­so­ci­a­tion, and in 2016, the academy earned the des­ig­na­tion of an Ap­ple Dis­tin­guished School.

An­cil­lae-As­sumpta Academy is a pri­vate, co-ed­u­ca­tional, Catholic el­e­men­tary school (grades preschool through eight) spon­sored by the Hand­maids of the Sa­cred Heart of Je­sus.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO — AN­CIL­LAE-AS­SUMPTA ACADEMY

An­cil­lae-As­sumpta Academy Di­rec­tor Amy Lint­ner un­veils the news of An­cil­lae-As­sumpta Academy earn­ing the Na­tional Blue Rib­bon Schools des­ig­na­tion Oct. 1.

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