HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – One of Huntsville’s magnet schools received a national honor, announced Wednesday by the U.S. Secretary of Education, John B. King, Jr.
The Academy for Science and Foreign Language is named a 2016 U.S. Department of Education National Blue Ribbon School, one of only five schools in Alabama to earn the recognition.
School PTA leaders say it’s important to make a distinction between this and other Blue Ribbon awards given to schools. According to a news release provided by the school system, the State Department of Education must nominate a school for the award based on strict criteria. Schools then fill out an application for more information before the awardees are chosen. Leaders say the winning schools must be in the top 15% of all schools in the state.
Leaders say ASFL is “an International Baccalaureate World School with a focus on science and world languages.” School representatives will now head to a two-day awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.
ASFL becomes the fifth school in Huntsville to earn National Blue Ribbon School honors from the U.S. Department of Education. The Academy for Academics and Arts, Holy Spirit Regional Catholic School, Randolph School and Grissom High School are the other four.
More about the National Blue Ribbon Schools program can be found at this link.