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SPACS ADVANCES TO NEXT LEVEL FOR NCLB AWARD
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
For more information, contact:
Jami Gebert, 715/341-2554, firstname.lastname@example.org
Stevens Point, WI (February 11, 2008) – Stevens Point Area Catholic Schools (SPACS) is pleased to announce that St. Stanislaus and St. Stephen’s application to the Council for American Private Education (CAPE) for nomination as a No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Blue Ribbon School has been selected and will be delivered to the U.S. Department of Education for possible national recognition. The NCLB Blue Ribbon School Program honors public and private elementary, middle and high schools that are either academically superior or that demonstrate dramatic gains in student achievement to high levels.
CAPE is a coalition of national organizations and state affiliates serving private elementary and secondary schools. SPACS application was reviewed by a CAPE panel, which selected 50 schools to nominate for the Blue Ribbon Award.
St. Stanislaus & St. Stephen were selected for nomination because of their high student achievement levels. Specifically, they were in the top 10 percent of the schools in the nation in reading and mathematics in the last grade tested, as measured by an assessment referenced against national norms.
The top 50 private educators will be combined with the top public educators this month. The U.S. Department of Education will review the applications and the U.S. Secretary of Education will announce the Blue Ribbon Schools this fall. Winners of this prestigious award will be honored during a ceremony in Washington D.C.
SPACS has been awarded this prestigious honor in the past when St. Peters Middle School received Blue Ribbon recognition during the 1999-2000 school year.
To obtain further information on the program and a list of past recipients, please visit Blue Ribbon Schools.
The Stevens Point Area Catholic Schools System, in an environment of Christ-centered
faith, worship, and service, enriches the development of each student through academic and co-curricular excellence, in partnership with family, parish, and community.