3 Local Schools Earn Prestigious Blue Ribbon Recognition

Three schools in Hampton Roads were named Blue Ribbon schools Tuesday, signifying academic excellence and dramatic gains in student achievement.

Christ the King Catholic, an elementary school in Norfolk, Great Neck Middle School in Virginia Beach and Trinity Lutheran School in Newport News are being honored by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. They will be recognized at a ceremony in early November in Washington, D.C.

These local schools are among 335 across the nation to receive the prestigious 2015 Blue Ribbon award: 285 public and 50 private schools.

“The Christ the King community has been working hard to achieve and maintain high standards and we are very proud to be recognized as one of the 50 exemplary high performing private schools in the nation this year. Sometimes we take our school for granted because we are so close to it. Going through this process helps us to open our own eyes and those of our community to the great things happening before us,” said Christ the King Principal Dr. Francine Gagne.

“This prestigious award coupled with our distinction of being the only private school in Hampton Roads to offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) program further cements Trinity Lutheran School’s stellar academic credentials as a leader not only across the state, but across the nation,” said Kevin Goetz, Head of School at TLS.

“We are thrilled for the students, teachers, staff and administrative team at Great Neck Middle School,” said Dr. Aaron Spence, superintendent of Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS). “This is an extraordinary achievement, and it showcases the dedication of Great Neck’s staff to continually pursue academic excellence for every student in their building, every day.”

In this video message, Secretary Duncan applauded the schools for the achievement.

Click here to see the complete list of 2015 Blue Ribbon Schools.