Santa Rita Receives Blue Ribbon School Nomination

March 4, 2014

During a recent school-wide pep rally, Santa Rita Elementary Principal Kay Scott announced the school's nomination for the U.S. Department of Education's Blue Ribbon School award.   

Special guests, including State Representative Drew Darby, Chief of Police Tim Vasquez, and SAISD Superintendent Carol Ann Bonds, congratulated students on the school's nomination and encouraged them to continue to work hard to achieve their goals.  Central High School cheerleaders and Angelo State University soccer and football players were also on hand to provide support and encouragement.

The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and non-public elementary, middle, and high schools where students perform at very high levels or where students are making significant gains in academic achievement. A vital part of the U.S. Department of Education, the program identifies and disseminates knowledge about effective school leadership and instructional practices.

Santa Rita, one of only 26 Texas schools to be nominated as a Blue Ribbon School this year, was chosen as an Exemplary High Performing Campus, based on positive progress with students and consistent high achievement data. 

Just being nominated for this award is a tremendous honor for the campus and takes Santa Rita one step closer to reaching a goal set by Mrs. Scott when she first came to the school. After becoming Santa Rita's principal 6 years ago, Mrs. Scott told students in an interview on the school’s morning show that her goal was for Santa Rita to become a Blue Ribbon school. Mrs. Scott said that teachers and students have worked really hard to see that dream come to fruition.

Campus leadership will now complete an online application process, which will be reviewed by the Texas Education Agency and then forwarded to the U.S. Department of Education. Recipients of the award will be announced in September.