The U.S. Department of Education has named Greenville’s St. Mary’s Catholic School and A.J. Whittenberg as 2020 National Blue Ribbon Schools. The award is given to schools in the top 15 percent of achievement on standardized tests in every grade in both reading and math.
Both schools are among 367 schools nationwide to receive this honor.
“We focus on tradition, virtue, and excellence to ensure that students continuously exceed high expectations, test above the state average at every grade level and graduate well-prepared for high school and beyond,” said St. Mary’s Catholic School principal Steven Zimmerman.
St. Mary’s serves 299 students in grades K3-eight. St. Mary’s previously received the National Blue Ribbon honor in 2009.
“The students and staff of A. J. Whittenberg are thrilled to be honored with this recognition,” said principal Susan Stevens. “I am so proud of the intentional and strategic instruction provided by our teachers to meet the needs of all learners as well as the pursuit of excellence shown by our students.”
In 2019, A.J. Whittenberg Elementary’s students meeting or exceeding expectations on state standardized tests increased by 13 percent in English Language Arts, by seven percent in mathematics and by 23 percent in science.
Greenville County Schools has 15 previous National Blue Ribbon School winners. They include:
- Augusta Circle Elementary
- Baker’s Chapel Elementary
- Bethel Elementary in 1996 and 2016
- Brushy Creek Elementary
- Buena Vista Elementary
- Hillcrest Middle
- League Academy
- Mauldin High
- Mitchell Road Elementary
- Oakview Elementary in 2000 and 2006
- Pelham Road Elementary
- Skyland Elementary
- Taylors Elementary
- Tigerville Elementary
- Wade Hampton High
The National Blue Ribbon Schools program, which is now in its 38th year, has honored more than 9,000 schools across the country, including those who won multiple times.