Make It Two: Whitemarsh Named Blue Ribbon School Again


Congratulations to all of the wonderful teachers (including my own mother) who have continued to provide an excellent level of education in the Colonial School District.  Below is a copy of the e-mail I received yesterday announcing the news:

Whitemarsh Elementary named a National Blue Ribbon School

Blue Ribbon Schools 2013For the second consecutive year, a Colonial School District school has been named a 2013 National Blue Ribbon School. Whitemarsh Elementary School (WES) was among the 236 public and 50 private schools to receive the honor today as announced by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Whitemarsh Elementary is just one of 15 schools in Pennsylvania and the only public school in Montgomery Country to be named a 2013 National Blue Ribbon School. Ridge Park Elementary received the honor in 2012.

“To have two of our schools receive this honor in consecutive years is an outstanding achievement for the Colonial School District,” said Superintendent Dr. MaryEllen Gorodetzer. “Receiving the nation’s highest education award is quite an accomplishment. To have Whitemarsh Elementary named a Blue Ribbon School this year reaffirms our philosophy that having the same rigorous and engaging instructional practice throughout the district makes all of our schools strong and gives all of our students the best education possible.”

Colonial School District teachers have embraced the professional development areas of focus district wide. As a result, all students are able to learn differently and at varying paces. By monitoring student progress throughout lessons, teachers differentiate instruction to meet the needs of each student. Additionally, cooperative learning allows students to discuss problems, ask questions and look for solutions with their peers.

Over the past five years, 95-100 percent of WES students have scored at or above the proficient level in Reading and Mathematics on the Pennsylvania System of Schools Assessment. During the 2011-2012 school year, 99 percent of WES students scored at the proficient or advanced level in math with 91 percent being advanced. The same year, 98 percent scored at the proficient or advanced level in reading. One hundred percent of WES students were proficient or advanced in reading the year before.

“Ours is a culture of collaboration, inspiration and innovation where a personalized learning environment leads to high expectations for all students,” said WES Principal Donna Drizin. “The success of our students, including those with special needs, is a result of this educational philosophy and a strong bond between our parents, teachers, staff and community.”

The National Blue Ribbon Schools award honors public and private elementary, middle, and high schools where students perform at very high levels or where significant improvements are being made in students’ levels of achievement.

“Excellence in education matters and we should honor the schools that are leading the way to prepare students for success in college and careers,” said Secretary Duncan. “National Blue Ribbon schools represent examples of educational excellence, and their work reflects the belief that every child in America deserves a world-class education.”  

The National Blue Ribbon program recognizes schools in one of two performance categories. The first category is “Exemplary High Performing,” in which schools are recognized among their state’s highest performing schools, as measured by state assessments or nationally-normed tests. The second category is “Exemplary Improving,” in which schools that have at least 40 percent of their students from disadvantaged backgrounds demonstrate the most progress in improving student achievement levels as measured by state assessments or nationally-normed tests.

 To select National Blue Ribbon Schools, the Department requested nominations from the top education official in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and the Bureau of Indian Education. The Council for American Private Education (CAPE) nominates private schools. A total of 420 schools nationwide may be nominated, with allocations determined by the numbers of K-12 students and schools in each jurisdiction. The Secretary of Education invites nominated schools to submit an application for possible recognition as a National Blue Ribbon School.


About Joshua Stein

They say that owning your own home is a major part of living "The American Dream." I'm proud to be an active part in making that dream a realty for the good people of the Delaware Valley as a Realtor® with Coldwell Banker Preferred's Conshohocken office. I am actively involved with the Brotherhood of Congregation Beth Or as well as a proud parent in the Greene Street Friends School community. I also served as Den Leader for my son's cub scout pack as well as a member of the Cub Pack 173 Committee in Flourtown, and now with Boy Scout Troop 665. Professionally, I also hold membership in the Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, and National Association of Realtors®. Whether you or someone you know and love are buying or selling your home, I look forward to servicing all of your real estate needs on the Main Line and beyond.

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