The highest honor that can be bestowed on a school is that of Blue Ribbon school. Now in its 33nd year, each year the U.S. Department of Education honors the best of the best. Alabama honorees for this year are: Bear Exploration Center, Montgomery County; Crestline Elementary, Mountain Brook; Clark-Shaw magnet, Mobile County; Old Shell Road School of Performing Arts, Mobile County and Shades Cahaba Elementary, Homewood.
They join 330 schools from across the nation and will be recognized in Washington, D.C. Nov. 9-10. The program recognizes both public and private schools. Prior to this year, 91 Alabama schools had achieved Blue Ribbon status. Of the 335 national designees, 15 are charter schools.
Alabama compares quite favorably to other deep south states with five schools. This compares to five in Arkansas, nine in Georgia, nine in Louisiana, one in Mississippi, four in South Carolina and seven in Tennessee.
In spite of what too many would have us believe, there are amazing things happening in schools across this state. I have the good fortune of seeing them as I travel.