GLADSTONE, Mo. — Chapel Hill Elementary School in the North Kansas City School District celebrated on Wednesday after it was named a Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Secretary of Education.
In order to be deemed a Blue Ribbon School, Chapel Hill had to be among the top 15% of all schools in the state, when ranked according to state assessment results. Each of the school’s subgroups had to perform within the state’s top 40%, utilizing the same measure. Chapel Hill is the only school north of the river to be given this recognition, and among only eight in the state to qualify for such an honor.
“When I started researching, when I heard that Ms. Walsh had claimed that she had won the national Blue Ribbon Award, we started looking into it. There’s a 100,000 public schools in the United States. A hundred thousand. And there’s only 320 Blue Ribbon Schools and you’re one of 320 which means less than one percent of the schools in the United States are as equal to you,” said Dr. Dan Clemens, North Kansas City School District superintendent.
Congratulations to Chapel Hill!