SEA Named 2018 National Blue Ribbon School

SEA Named 2018 National Blue Ribbon School
Posted on 10/04/2018
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On Monday October 1, 2018, the U.S. Department of Education announced the 2018 National Blue Ribbon Schools. Across the United States, 349 schools were recognized, including the School of Engineering and Arts (SEA) from Robbinsdale Area Schools. SEA is one of only eight schools in MN to earn this distinction for 2018.

The coveted National Blue Ribbon Schools award affirms the hard work of educators, families and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content. “When content, caring, and kindness are aligned, children have limitless possibilities,” said RAS Superintendent Carlton D. Jenkins, Ph.D.

All schools are honored in one of two performance categories, based on a school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. SEA has been designated as an “Exemplary High Performing School." -- Exemplary High Performing Schools are among their state’s highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests. -- Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing Schools are among their state’s highest performing schools in closing achievement gaps between a school’s student groups and all students over the past five years.

“Becoming a National Blue Ribbon School doesn’t happen overnight; it takes years of hard work and dedication by teachers, staff, students, parents and community volunteers. We could not be more proud of this achievement," said SEA Principal, Heather Hanson. Click here to read a congratulations letter from MN Governor, Mark Dayton.

Now in its 36th year, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed recognition on more than 8,800 schools. Up to 420 schools may be nominated each year. The Department invites National Blue Ribbon School nominations from the top education official in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Department of Defense Education Activity and the Bureau of Indian Education.