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St. John the Baptist
Catholic School
12319 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20904 | 301-622-3076
Dec
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What Does Blue Ribbon Mean?

 

SJB: A Blue Ribbon School

What does it mean?

SJB won the Blue Ribbon award in 2010 and has consistently performed above the Blue Ribbon mark in each grade level. When considering a Catholic school's Blue Ribbon application, the U.S. Department of Education looks at Scantron test scores of students in grades 2-8. The students in each grade must perform in the top 15 percent nationally in reading, math and attendance. Students in different demographic groupings must also hit those marks.

The Department of Education uses different criteria when evaluating public schools for Blue Ribbon status.

The Blue Ribbon Award lasts forever. Once a school wins a Blue Ribbon award, it is a Blue Ribbon school for life. Schools that win a second Blue Ribbon award simply add the second year to their first year on their award. Catholic schools that have already won the Blue Ribbon Award have been advised to wait 10 years before seeking another one.

To learn more about the Blue Ribbon Award process for private schools, visit the website of the Council for American Private Education. 

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