East Millsboro Elementary among National Blue Ribbon School honorees

MILLSBORO – An Indian River School District elementary school has earned national acclaim for closing the student achievement gap.

East Millsboro Elementary is among three Delaware schools and 342 schools that on Sept. 28 were recognized by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos recognized as 2017 National Blue Ribbon Schools.

This is the second time that East Millsboro Elementary has received this national honor. It also won the award in 2008.

Overall, it is the Indian River School District’s ninth National Blue Ribbon Award since 2001.

“In earning National Blue Ribbon recognition, East Millsboro Elementary School has made the Indian River School District proud,” IRSD Superintendent Mark Steele said. “It gives me great pleasure to have this terrific school recognized as one of the top schools not only in Delaware, but in the entire country. I offer my heartfelt congratulations to Principal Kelly Dorman and to East Millsboro’s students and staff for the hard work and dedication that produced this prestigious honor.”

Recognition is based on a school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.

Seaford Central Elementary School in the Seaford School District and Olive B. Loss Elementary School in the Appoquinimink School District are among Delaware’s three schools that will be honored at an awards ceremony Nov. 6-7 in Washington, D.C.

The school leaders/principals will be invited to attend the national awards ceremony with a teacher representative from each of their schools.

The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private elementary, middle and high schools where students achieve very high learning standards or are making notable improvements in closing the achievement gap.

This coveted 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 35th year, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed recognition on more than 8,500 schools.

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 subgroups and all students over the past five years.

East Millsboro Elementary was a winner in the Exemplary High Performing Schools category.

“East Millsboro has been recognized as a school community where parents, teachers and the community collaborate for the benefit of all students and has received this recognition for being an ‘Exemplary High Performing School’,” East Millsboro Elementary Principal Kelly Dorman said. “I want to thank our community, families, students and the E.M.E. Team for working together to receive such a huge honor! We appreciate everyone’s hard work and dedication to the success of all of our students.”

Up to 420 schools may be nominated each year. The Department of Education 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).

In 2016, Sussex Academy in Georgetown was a National Blue Ribbon honoree.

In 2014, John M. Clayton Elementary School in the Indian River School District earned that honor.

Other IRSD recipients of Blue Ribbon recognition: Long Neck Elementary, 2011, 2005; North Georgetown Elementary, 2006; John M. Clayton/Frankford Elementary, 2004; Phillip Showell Elementary, 2003; and Lord Baltimore Elementary, 2001.




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