Three Dallas ISD schools earn National Blue Ribbon status

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The U.S. Department of Education announced that three Dallas ISD schools have earned National Blue Ribbon status for 2016.

The School of Health Professions at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center and both the International Academy and Montessori Vanguard at George Bannerman Dealey are Blue Ribbon schools

“This is a tremendous recognition for these schools and very well deserved,” Superintendent Michael Hinojosa said. “The teachers, staff, students and their families should take time to celebrate this remarkable accomplishment.”

Schools were selected as exemplary high-performing campuses based on student performance on state or national assessments. Each Blue Ribbon school has an economically disadvantaged population that is at least 20 percent.

Beverly Lusk, principal of Dealey Montessori and International Academy, said staff was thrilled that both of their schools received the Blue Ribbon award.

“Here at Dealey we have high standards for learning and this award is a testament to all the hard work and dedication from our staff, students, and parents,” Lusk said. “We have two very unique programs with Montessori education in our elementary school and an International Focus in the middle school. Even though our programs differ from school to school, staff members are committed to a common goal of providing a high-quality education to each and every student. It is such an honor to receive this recognition. It’s a very exciting time for Dealey.”

Meanwhile, Lasandra Sanders, principal of the School of Health Professions at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center, said the nomination shines a light on the great collaborative work that goes into making the school successful.

“It is truly an honor for the School of Health Professions to be recognized for our academic accomplishments,” Sanders said. “We realize this is only a manifestation of the hard work, dedication, and teamwork that all stakeholders exhibit in fulfilling our vision: ‘Preparing the students we teach today to become our healthcare providers tomorrow.’”

Two Dallas ISD schools won the honor last year: Harry Stone Montessori Academy and Trinidad “Trini” Garza Early College High School. Dealey won the award previously in 2009.

The U.S. Department of Education has recognized public and private high-performing schools with Blue Ribbon awards since 1982.

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