The Hampton Township School District is pleased to announce that Hampton High School has been named a National Blue Ribbon School for 2016.
“As the principal of Hampton High School, I am proud that our well-established K-12 academic program is being honored at the national level,” said Dr. Marguerite Imbarlina. “I offer congratulations to the students, faculty, administrators, and staff members for earning this prestigious award. Earning the National Blue Ribbon is a clear indicator that Hampton High School students are academically prepared to embrace unique opportunities and to address new challenges. Additionally, this recognition is an example of what can be accomplished when a community continuously supports its children and academic programs.”
On Sept. 28, U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. congratulated the 329 schools being honored as National Blue Ribbon Schools.
Schools are selected for the honor based on their overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. According to the U.S. Department of Education, the award is confirmation of the hard work of students, educators, families and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools, where students master challenging content.
All schools are recognized in one of two performance categories:
- Exemplary High Performing Schools – schools in this category are among their state’s highest-performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally-normed tests.
- Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing Schools – schools in this category are among their state’s highest-performing schools in closing achievement gaps between a school’s subgroups and all students over the past five years.
Placement is based on all student scores, subgroup student scores and graduation rates. Hampton High School is being recognized as an Exemplary High Performing School.
“The District is honored to receive this prestigious award for Hampton High School,” said Superintendent Dr. Michael Loughead. “This reaffirms our Tradition of Excellence, which is a hallmark of our School District. We offer congratulations to our high school students, parents, faculty, administrators, and staff for all of their dedication and commitment to excellence. This national recognition for academic excellence is a tribute to the tremendous community support for our School District.”
During its 34 years, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed this coveted award on fewer than 8,500 schools. Only 420 schools nationwide may be nominated each year. On Nov. 7 and 8, the 279 public and 50 private schools being named as 2016 recipients will be formally recognized by the U.S. Department of Education at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.