Shades Cahaba Elementary has been named a National Blue Ribbon School.
It is one of 335 schools U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recognized with the award for 2015.
The award is based on a school’s overall academic excellence or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. National Blue Ribbon Schools demonstrate that all students can achieve to high levels.
“This honor recognizes your students’ accomplishments and the hard work and dedication that went into their success,” Duncan said. “Your journey has taught you collaboration, intentional instruction, and strong relationships in school and with your community. You represent excellence — in vision, in implementation, and in results — and we want to learn as much as we can from you.
In its 33-year history, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed this award on some 8,000 schools.
Crestline Elementary was the only other Birmingham area elementary school to be recognized this year, and only five total elementary schools in Alabama were recognized.