East Aurora Middle School has been selected by New York State as one of nineteen schools nominated for the 2012 “National Blue Ribbon Schools” award. EAMS was nominated for the award as an “Exemplary High Performing School” through its ranking in performance on state assessments.
The National Blue Ribbon Schools award recognizes both public and private elementary, middle and high schools that are producing outstanding results. Schools recognized as National Blue Ribbon Schools are those that have demonstrated consistent excellence, and in some cases, those that have made progress and closed gaps in student achievement. The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program is part of a larger U. S. Department of Education effort to identify and disseminate knowledge about best school leadership and teaching practices.
“This is a point of high pride.” commented Middle School principal Mark Mambretti. “We strive to run a safe, happy, healthy learning environment. Having the NYS Department of Education recognize our successes and nominate us for recognition on the national stage is very affirming. This award is a testimony to the good work our faculty, staff and students do each and every day.”
National Blue Ribbon Schools are honored at an awards ceremony in Washington, DC, where each receives a plaque and flag to signify its National Blue Ribbon School status. The schools serve as models for other schools throughout the nation and details of their achievements are shared on the U.S. Department of Education’s website. Each year since 1982, the U.S. Department of Education has sought out schools where students attain and maintain high academic goals, and the program has honored more than 6000 of America’s most successful schools. The school will be notified if they receive the award in fall of 2012.