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NEWS RELEASES 2000-01 :: MARCH 14, 2001


Seven elementary schools from across the state have demonstrated that they have what it takes to win a Blue Ribbon. Now it's up to a national review panel to decide the winners.

For the past 17 years, the U.S. Department of Education has recognized many of the nation's most successful schools through its Blue Ribbon Schools Program. Schools selected for this prestigious award model excellence and equity and exhibit a strong commitment to educational excellence for all students.

The following public schools nominated by the N.C. Department of Public Instruction for the 2000-01 award were selected by a national review panel for site visits:

  • Barringer Academic Center, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
  • Davis Drive Elementary and Wiley International Elementary, Wake County Schools
  • Emma Elementary, Buncombe County Schools
  • Harnett Primary, Harnett County Schools
  • Unionville Elementary, Union County Schools
  • Waccamaw Elementary, Brunswick County Schools

Following review of the site visit reports, the review panel will recommend those schools that best meet the Blue Ribbon criteria to the Secretary of Education who will then announce the award recipients in May. Representatives of the selected schools will be honored during a National Recognition Ceremony scheduled for the fall.

The Blue Ribbon Schools Award Program was started in 1982 to identify and recognize outstanding public and private schools across the nation; establish a framework of criteria which schools could use for self-assessment and improvement; and provide a forum to share best practices. Elementary and secondary schools are eligible to participate in alternate years. To date, almost 4,000 schools have received this award representing the full spectrum of learning environments.

For additional information regarding the Blue Ribbon Schools Program, please contact Pat Wilkins, NC DPI, 919.807.3953.

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 126 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.

For more information:
NCDPI Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.