National Blue Ribbon School
We are very elated to be recognized as a 2014 National Blue
Ribbon School, the top education award in the nation.
National Blue Ribbon
What are the benefits and responsibilities of Crossroad
Academy Charter School being recognized as a National Blue Ribbon
School by the U.S. Department of Education?
Each year, National Blue Ribbon Schools shine under a
national spotlight for all the right reasons. The award
acknowledges and validates the hard work of students, educators,
families, and communities in striving for-and attaining-exemplary
achievement. For many, attaining the National Blue Ribbon School
award is the realization of a long-held dream.
National Blue Ribbon Schools serve as models for other
schools throughout the nation, and school personnel are often
sought out as mentors. Their applications are posted on the U.S.
Department of Education's website, and media eagerly profile
recognized schools, helping the school, its district, and community
gain additional exposure. Representatives from schools are honored
at an annual awards ceremony held in Washington, DC. Each school
receives an engraved plaque and program flag with the official
seal, which signifies its status and the year of its
How did Crossroad Academy become a National Blue Ribbon
Both public and non-public schools are eligible for the
National Blue Ribbon Schools award. As a public school, you met the
criteria listed below for exemplary high performing
schools nominated for the National Blue Ribbon
Schools award must meet one of two performance award
Exemplary High Performing
Schools: "High performing" is defined by the CSSO of each state,
but at a minimum means:
- The performance of all tested
students in the school in the most recent year tested in both
reading (English language arts) and mathematics must be in the top
15 percent of all schools in the state when schools are ranked
based on the performance of all tested students.
- For each of the school's
subgroups, the performance of all tested students in the subgroup
in the most recent year tested in both reading (English language
arts) and mathematics must be in the top 40 percent of all schools
in the state when schools are ranked based on the performance of
tested students in that subgroup.
- For the most recent year in
which graduation rates are available in the state, the graduation
rate of a high school must be in the top 15 percent of all high
school graduation rates in the state.
How did Crossroad Academy receive this prestigious
Crossroad Academy was nominated by the Florida Commissioner
of Education to the National Blue Ribbon Schools program. The
U.S. Department of Education determined the number of nominations
per state [PDF, 20K] based on the number of K-12 students and
schools in each state. One-third of the schools nominated by each
state must have at least 40 percent of their students from
disadvantaged backgrounds. Approximately 86% of the student
population at Crossroad Academy has a disadvantaged
Does National Blue Ribbon School status
A school's National Blue Ribbon School status does not
expire. Once a school receives the award, it remains a National
Blue Ribbon School. However, school representatives must always use
the year of the award when identifying their school as a National
Blue Ribbon School.
Crossroad Academy Charter School,
2014 National Blue Ribbon School is correct.
Crossroad Academy Charter School,
National Blue Ribbon School is not correct.