Two Wichita-area schools were recognized Thursday as 2017 National Blue Ribbon Schools.
Wineteer Elementary in Derby and Ruth Clark Elementary in Haysville were among five Kansas schools receiving the designation, one of the highest honors a public or private school can receive in the U.S.
The award honors public and private schools where students either perform at high levels or make notable improvement in closing the achievement gap based on overall students scores, subgroup scores and graduation rates.
Wineteer was recognized for closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. It is the first Blue Ribbon recognition for the Derby school district.
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Ruth Clark Elementary was recognized in the “exemplary high performing” category. Haysville’s Campus High School was named a Blue Ribbon School in 2013 and Oatville Elementary in 2014.
The schools are among 342 schools that will be honored by the U.S. Department of Education at a ceremony in November in Washington, D.C.
Heather Bohaty, superintendent of Derby schools, commended Wineteer on the honor.
“It showcases the quality educators we have in our classrooms, and the various partnerships in place which impact student learning and success,” Bohaty said in a written statement.
“The passion and relentless efforts the individuals working at Wineteer have made, and continue to make, are notable and have obviously made a difference for our students.”
Carla Wulf, principal of Ruth Clark Elementary, said the national recognition reflects her school’s overall mission.
“Our motto is ‘One Team, One Goal’ because together, through the support of our district administration and school board, we strive to do what is best for our students,” she said.