By 1808Delaware, Ohio Department of Education

On Friday, U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona recognized 297 schools as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2022, including 13 schools in Ohio. The recognition is based on a school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.

The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes public and private elementary, middle, and high schools based on their overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. With its 39th cohort of awardees, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed more than 10,000 awards to over 9,000 schools, with some schools winning multiple awards. Schools are eligible for nomination after five years.

The Ohio schools named as National Blue Ribbon Schools were:

  • Canfield – Canfield Village Middle School, Canfield Local School District.
  • Canfield – South Range Elementary School, South Range Local School District.
  • Dayton – Oakwood Junior High School, Oakwood City School District.
  • Hicksville – Hicksville Elementary School, Hicksville Exempted Village.
  • Lewis Center – Olentangy High School, Olentangy Local School District.
  • Lynchburg – Lynchburg-Clay Elementary School, Lynchburg-Clay Local School District.
  • Massillon – Sauder Elementary School, Jackson Local School District.
  • Massillon – Watson Elementary School, Perry Local School District.
  • Mineral Ridge – Seaborn Elementary School, Weathersfield Local School District.
  • Port Washington – Port Washington Elementary School, Indian Valley Local School District.
  • Solon – Grace L Roxbury Elementary School, Solon City School District.
  • Versailles – Versailles Elementary School, Versailles Exempted Village.
  • Wadsworth – Isham Memorial Elementary School, Wadsworth City School District.

The coveted National Blue Ribbon Schools award affirms the hard work of educators, families and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content.

A National Blue Ribbon School flag placed a school’s entryway or on a flagpole is a widely recognized symbol of exemplary teaching and learning.

The Olentangy Schools Facebook page showed a video on Friday showing the moment that Principal Robert Griffiths made the announcement to the student body:

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