2010 Blue Ribbon School Award
Johnson Elementary Receives Blue Ribbon School Award
Posted on 11/17/2010
Representatives from Johnson Elementary traveled to Washington, D.C. this week to receive a 2010 National Blue Ribbon Schools award. LaDonna Turrentine, principal of Johnson Elementary, and Amber Hembree, Johnson’s Teacher of the Year, made the trip to the nations capitol to receive the award. Johnson Elementary was one of only six Georgia public schools to be named 2010 National Blue Ribbon Schools earlier this year. The national honor was presented by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in a ceremony held on Tuesday. 

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. 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. “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.” 

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. 
For more information on the Blue Ribbon Schools program, you can visit the Blue Ribbon Schools website at http://www.ed.gov/programs/nclbbrs/awards.html.