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Congratulations to two area high schools- whose districts are members of Cooperating School Districts of Greater St. Louis- that have been recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education.

Lindbergh High School and Valley Park High School were among nearly 300 K-12 schools nationwide to receive the 2012 award. For thirty years, this program has honored America’s most successful public and private elementary, middle, and high schools; less than 1 percent of the nation’s more than 100,000 schools were recognized this year, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan made the announcement, recognizing public and private schools for overall academic excellence, or for progress in improving student academic achievement levels. Lindbergh and Valley Park were honored in the category of exemplary high performing; for this designation, public schools must make Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) two years prior to nomination and also in the year of their recognition. In addition, to qualify, the high schools were recognized as one of the state’s highest-performing schools, as measured by the Missouri Assessment Program tests.

Locally, St. Gerard Majella Catholic School in Kirkwood (part of the Archdiocese of St. Louis) also received the recognition for an elementary school. Learn more about the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program by visiting the U.S. Department of Education’s website.