Blue Ribbon path begins for district campuses

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Two district schools are feeling blue, and it’s all good. Harry Stone Montessori Academy and Trinidad “Trini” Garza Early College High School are among 26 Texas schools nominated as a 2015 National Blue Ribbon School.

The prestigious award, a program of the U.S. Department of Education, recognizes exemplary schools where students are performing at high levels.

Harry Stone, located in Oak Cliff, serves more than 500 students in pre-k through eighth grade and recently celebrated becoming an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, one of only two in the district.

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Garza shares space with Mountain View Community College and serves more than 400 students in grades 9-12. As an early college high school, Garza students can graduate with a high school diploma, an associate degree from Mountain View College, or 48 core college credit hours toward a baccalaureate degree.

Each nominated school serves a population where 25 percent or more of its students are economically disadvantaged.

The schools will now complete a rigorous application process. The winners will be announced in September.

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