Twelve public charter schools were among 269 schools recognized as 2012 National Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education for demonstrating academic gains and success in closing the achievement gap. “Great schools don’t happen by chance. Great schools happen by design,” Secretary Arne Duncan said in a speech announcing the awards.
NAPCS congratulates these charter schools that are setting a high standard of excellence and using innovative charter models to bring students to greater levels of academic achievement. The 12 public charter schools that earned the 2012 Blue Ribbon Award are:
- Tongass School of Arts and Sciences—Ketchikan, Alaska
- Challenger Basic School—Gilbert, Arizona
- Summit Middle Charter School—Boulder, Colorado
- City On A Hill Charter Public School—Roxbury, Massachusetts
- Team Academy—Waseca, Minnesota
- Albany Community Charter School—Albany, New York
- Bronx Charter School for Excellence—Bronx, New York
- Success Academy Harlem 1—New York, New York
- KIPP Reach College Preparatory School—Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
- Infinity Charter School—Penbrook, Pennsylvania
- East Early College High School—Houston, Texas
- Project Chrysalis Middle School—Houston, Texas
The Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private elementary, middle, and high schools that are high performing or have improved student achievement to high levels, especially among disadvantaged students. The program is part of the U.S. Department of Education’s larger effort to identify and disseminate knowledge about best practices around teaching and school leadership.