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Linthicum Elementary among 10 2014 National Blue Ribbon Schools in MD

BlueRibbonLinthicum Elementary School in Anne Arundel County was one of six Maryland public schools and four private schools selected as 2014 National Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education.

Linthicum, one of 337 schools across the nation to be recognized today, is the fifth county school in the last seven years to receive the distinction.

“This is just incredible because it is validation of the incredibly hard work that everyone involved at our school does every day for children,” Linthicum Principal Fran Nussle said. “Our teachers, staff, students, parents, and community partners all play critical roles in our success, and every single one of them shares in this honor.”

National Blue Ribbon Schools are awarded based on one of two criteria: the ability of schools with at least 40 percent of their students from disadvantaged backgrounds to dramatically improve student performance to high levels on state tests; or schools whose students, regardless of background, rank among their state’s highest performing schools on state assessments.

“These great schools are fulfilling the promise of American education — that all students, no matter their socioeconomic status or zip code, can flourish when schools provide safe, creative and challenging learning environments,” said U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan. “National Blue Ribbon Schools are models of consistent excellence and a resource for other schools and districts. We celebrate them for their tireless effort and boundless creativity in reaching and teaching every student.”

The other Maryland public schools are:

  • Frost Elementary School, Allegany County
  • Western School of Technology & Environmental Science, Baltimore County
  • Northern Garrett High School, Garrett County
  • Cashell Elementary School, Montgomery County
  • Robert Goddard French Immersion Elementary/Middle School, Prince George’s County

Private schools included

  • Immaculate Conception School, Towson
  • Mount Aviat Academy, Childs
  • Our Lady of Grace School, Parkton
  • School of the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, Baltimore

The schools have been recognized on the basis of rigorous state and national requirements for high achievement and significant improvement. The students in each of these schools are high achievers in reading and mathematics, and many serve a significant number of economically disadvantaged students, according to the Maryland Department of Education.

State Superintendent of Schools Lillian Lowery said Maryland’s six public school honorees are very deserving of the special honor.

“Each one of Maryland’s National Blue Ribbon Schools is an example of what is right with education in our State,” Lowery said. “From teachers to administrators to communities, there is collaboration and educational support at these schools. This provides for students an outstanding foundation upon which to grow and thrive. These schools deserve our congratulations and admiration.”

Linthicum’s success

Linthicum Elementary’s intense focus on increasing rigor and providing differentiated support for students has been met with outstanding success, with 97.8 percent of students scoring proficient or advanced in math and 96.9 percent hitting the mark in reading on the 2012-13 Maryland School Assessments. There was virtually no achievement gap with regard to students receiving free and reduced-price meals, as 98.1 percent were proficient or advanced in math and 96.1 reached the mark in reading. Overall, 59.1 percent of students scored advanced in math and 57.3 percent were advanced in reading.

Linthicum has also cultivated many external partnerships with its community and business partners, including mentor programs for students with BWI Doubletree Hotel and AETNA employees. The school is a Professional Development School for Goucher College, and students from nearby North County High School work with Linthicum students as well.

The school’s PTA has been integral to its success and has supported teachers through a variety of initiatives, including raising funds to purchase SmartBoards for every classroom to increase the use of technology in lessons.

“Linthicum is just one of those schools that quietly goes about the business of achieving excellence in the education of its children,” Superintendent George Arlotto said. “Every time I visit the school I see great things happening in classrooms, and this recognition is a testament to that great work.”

The schools will be honored by Duncan at an awards conference in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 10 and 11.

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