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Solon Robinson Elementary School Named a 2018 National Blue Ribbon School


Solon Staff


The U.S. Department of Education named Solon Robinson Elementary School

a 2018 National Blue Ribbon School

Solon Robinson Elementary School named a 2018 National Blue Ribbon School joins Dwight D. Eisenhower (2011) and Douglas MacArthur Elementary School (2012) giving Crown Point Community School Corporation three National Blue Ribbon Schools. Ms. Barbara Merrill, Solon Robinson principal, stated, “We couldn’t be more proud and are thrilled to share this national award with our teachers, staff, students, and families. This is a testament to the wonderful school and community that we serve and is a true honor.”         

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today, October 1, 2018, recognized 349 schools as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2018. The recognition is based on a school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.

“I'm pleased to celebrate with you as your school is named a National Blue Ribbon School,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos in a video message to the honorees.  “We recognize and honor your important work in preparing students for successful careers and meaningful lives. Congratulations on your students' accomplishments and for your extraordinary commitment to meeting their unique needs.”

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. 

Now in its 36th year, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed recognition on more than 8,800 schools. On November 7-8, the Secretary and the Department of Education will celebrate with 300 public and 49 private school honorees at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.

All schools are honored in one of two performance categories, based on all student scores, subgroup student scores and graduation rates:

  • Exemplary High Performing Schools are among their state’s highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests.
  • Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing Schools are among their state’s highest performing schools in closing achievement gaps between a school’s student groups and all students over the past five years.

Up to 420 schools may be nominated each year. The Department invites National Blue Ribbon School nominations from the top education official in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Department of Defense Education Activity and the Bureau of Indian Education. Private schools are nominated by The Council for American Private Education (CAPE).

“This Lifetime Achievement Award is the highest honor in America.  Principal Barbara Merrill is the most humble servant leader; the master teachers the most dedicated; the support staff the most hands-on; and the students are the most hard working. In addition, Solon Robinson Elementary School has received an A grade every year from the Indiana Department of Education since 2006. These parents know their children have bright futures,” boasted Dr. Teresa A. Eineman – Superintendent of Crown Point Community School Corporation.