School In Grand Rapids Honored With National Award

By KBJR News 1

September 20, 2010 Updated Sep 20, 2010 at 11:27 AM CDT

Posted by Melissa Burlaga

A northern Minnesota school is among six schools in the state and 304 across the country to be named 2009 Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education Monday.

Southwest Elementary School in Grand Rapids is one of the schools receiving the award which recognizes schools for helping students achieve at high levels and for making significant progress in closing the achievement gap.

"These Minnesota schools are excelling and providing a premier education with high expectations and increased rigor to all students,” said Education Commissioner Alice Seagren.

The schools – 254 public and 50 private across the country – will be honored at an awards ceremony on November 15-16 in Washington, D.C.

In the past 28 years, more than 6,000 of America’s schools have received this coveted award.

The award honors public and private elementary, middle and high schools whose students achieve at very high levels or have made significant progress and helped close gaps in achievement, especially among disadvantaged and minority students.

Byron High School in Byron, Greenwood Elementary School in Plymouth, Lewiston-Altura Elementary School in Lewiston, Norman County East Elementary School in Gary, and Parkview Center School, Roseville were also honored with the award.