WYOMING, Ohio -- Wyoming Middle School joins 285 schools from around the country that were named 2015 National Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education.
“We are passionate about engaging our students in a whole child education,” Wyoming Middle School Principal Tiffany Brennan said in a press release. “I think what sets us apart is our personal, authentic approach. Our students are learning well beyond the walls of the classroom and we are encouraging them to pursue their passions. I’m so proud of our students and staff for helping us achieve this honor.”
Schools are selected for Blue Ribbon recognition based on student body test scores, subgroup test scores and graduation rates. Schools are nominated for the award by the top education official in each state -- in Ohio, the top official is the Superintendent of Public Instruction.
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Wyoming Middle School has a student population of 625 fifth through eighth graders, according to the school's website. Since 2010, 92 percent of Wyoming Middle School students have tested at proficient or above on Ohio standardized tests, earning the school the highest performance index score for public middle schools in the state.
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National Blue Ribbon Schools will be honored by the U.S. Department of Education in Washington D.C. Nov. 9-10. This year, 285 public schools and 50 private schools were given Blue Ribbon Designation.
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Other Tri-State schools to receive National Blue Ribbon designation include Seipelt Elementary (2014), Robert Johnson Elementary (2014), St. Paul School (2014), Woodfill Elementary (2011), Taft IT High School (2010), Moyer Elementary (2009), Blue Ash Elementary (2008), Elm and Hilltop Schools (2007) and Nativity School (2005).
For more Tri-State education news, check out stories by WCPO.com and WCPO Insider's education reporter Bob Driehaus. You can follow Bob on Twitter @BobDriehaus.