Highest student achievement, best teaching practices and best school leadership were a few of the accolades Immaculata School received when they were recognized last week by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan as a 2012 National Blue Ribbon School.
The recognition as an “Exemplary High Performing” school puts Immaculata among North Carolina’s highest performing elementary, middle and high schools, both public and private, as measured by nationally normed tests. The Department of Education honored only 50 private schools out of a total of 269 schools, and Immaculata was the only North Carolina non-public school to be chosen.
“Being selected as a Blue Ribbon School means that our students receive an amazing education starting with preschool all the way to 8th grade,” says Immaculata Principal Dana Corcoran. “We are one of the most affordable non-public schools in the Triangle. We embrace diversity of all sorts [and] give each student the support and enrichment needed. We excel because we have highly qualified teachers who teach every day using differentiation, project-based learning, integrated technology and cutting edge curriculum.”
The Department requests nominations from the top education official in every state to select National Blue Ribbon Schools. The Council for American Private Education (CAPE) nominates private schools. A total of 417 schools nationwide may be nominated, with allocations determined by the numbers of K-12 students and schools in each jurisdiction. The Secretary of Education then invites nominated schools to submit an application for possible recognition.
For a full list of the 2012 National Blue Ribbon Schools, click here.