“The Blue Ribbon Schools Program is a national and state program that recognizes and honors elementary, middle, and high schools that exhibit high performance and/or significant improvement in student achievement,” according to a fact sheet on the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) web site. Each year the MSDE chooses six public schools that are honored as Maryland Blue Ribbon Schools and are nominated as finalist for the National Blue Ribbon School program. The number of schools selected by each state is determined by the U.S. Department of Education based on population.
The schools designated as Maryland Blue Ribbon Schools are not guaranteed to become National Blue Ribbon Schools, but all MSDE selected schools have gone on to achieve National Blue Ribbon School honors since 2003, according to MSDE.
As a Maryland Blue Ribbon School, Whitehall Elementary School will be rewarded with a Joe Corbi’s school-wide pizza party and a “technology classroom” from SMART Technologies that includes an interactive white board and projector.
The other 2012 Maryland Blue Ribbon Schools are:
- Crofton Meadows Elementary School (Anne Arundel County)
- Pocomoke Elementary School (Worcester County)
- Rachel Carson Elementary School (Montgomery County)
- Ring Factory Elementary School (Harford County)
- Woodholme Elementary School (Baltimore County)
- Whitehall Elementary School Web Site
- Maryland State Department of Education Blue Ribbon School Program
- Maryland State Department of Education Blue Ribbon School Program Fact Sheet (PDF)
- U.S. Department of Education's National Blue Ribbon Schools Program Web Site
- 2011 National Blue Ribbon Schools (PDF)
- U.S. Department of Education: Number of Nominations per State