ORLANDO, Fla. – Several Huntsville teachers and principals are getting back in the swing of things this week after an exciting trip to Orlando. Five Huntsville City Schools were recognized as “National Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence” at the organization’s 2016 national conference.
Principals and teachers from the Academy for Academics and Arts (AAA), Challenger Elementary, Grissom High, Huntsville High, and Weatherly Heights Elementary were on hand to receive the coveted Lighthouse Award to honor each school’s achievements.
Now, there are 12 National Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence within the Huntsville City School district.
Schools are identified and selected based on achievement of excellent performance in nine major categories, including challenging standards and curriculum, active teaching and learning, technology integration, leadership and educational vitality along with school, family and community partnership.
During the conference, educators attend professional development seminars and workshops, sharing award-winning strategies with colleagues from across the country.
Challenger Middle, Mt. Gap Elementary and Lakewood Elementary were presented “Points of Light” Awards for their efforts to work toward school improvements. Just last month, the Academy for Science and Foreign Language received the U.S. Department of Education’s National Blue Ribbon School Award for their major achievements in academics.
Staff from Monte Sano Elementary were invited to attend and present best practices. The school has already earned the Blue Ribbon award.