JES National Blue Ribbon School
Johnson Elementary is named a High Performing National Blue Ribbon School
Posted on 09/09/2010
Johnson Elementary School is one of only six Georgia public schools to be named 2010 National Blue Ribbon Schools today. In the release from the Georgia Department of Education, State Superintendent of Schools Brad Bryant praised Johnson Elementary and the other state winners of the prestigious national award. "These six schools are outstanding examples of how high expectations and hard work can lead to outstanding student achievement," Bryant said. "These schools show that, regardless of a school's size, geography or demographics, all students can achieve at high levels." The staff at Johnson Elementary was overjoyed with this national confirmation of their efforts in promoting academic achievement. “I am so proud of the hard work past and current administrators, teachers, students, and parents have put forth to make Johnson Elementary a school with consistent outstanding academic achievement,” stated LaDonna Turrentine, principal of Johnson Elementary School. “Being named a High Performing Blue Ribbon School is confirmation of our belief that ALL students can learn and achieve.” 

The No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon Schools award distinguishes and honors schools for helping students achieve at very high levels and for making significant progress in closing the achievement gap. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced the National Blue Ribbon School award winners this morning (Thursday). In releasing the names of the schools, Secretary Duncan said, "Schools honored with the Blue Ribbon Schools award are committed to achievement and to ensuring that students learn and succeed." That is certainly evident at Johnson as the school’s theme for the year is “Success, Nothing Less.” Turrentine said, “The Blue Ribbon award certainly proves that this is not just a slogan but a driving force behind the way we plan, teach, assess and re-teach at Johnson.” 

The award honors public and private elementary, middle and high schools whose students achieve at very high levels or have made significant progress and helped close gaps in achievement especially among disadvantaged and minority students. Each year since 1982, the U.S. Department of Education has sought out schools where students attain and maintain high academic goals, including those that beat the odds. 

Blue Ribbon Schools are chosen in two categories:
  • HIGH PERFORMING SCHOOLS: Schools that scored in the top 10 percent in student achievement. 
  • DRAMATICALLY IMPROVED SCHOOLS: Schools with at least 40 percent economically disadvantaged students that have dramatically improved student achievement to high levels. 
Johnson Elementary and other winning schools from Georgia will join other national winners at an awards ceremony on November 15 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. For more information on the Blue Ribbon Schools program, you can visit the Blue Ribbon Schools website at