Beachwood Hilltop Elementary School has been named the 2021 Blue Ribbon National School by the US Department of Education.
In the United States, 325 public schools have received this designation. Elementary Principal Sherry Miller and Elementary Deputy Principal Ali Ciccone announced last year that Hilltop had been nominated by the Ohio Department of Education for the honor. Miller, Ciccone and Hilltop staff members submitted the entry documents and learned on September 21 that Hilltop had been officially named the winner.
Hilltop was named to the Blue Ribbon list of “Best Performing Exemplary Schools” which “are among the best performing schools in their state, based on state assessments or nationally standardized tests,” according to the US Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona.
He said this year’s cohort of laureates demonstrate what is possible when engaged educators and school leaders create vibrant, welcoming and empowering school cultures where rich teaching and learning can flourish.
âI commend this school and all of our Blue Ribbon recipients for working to keep students healthy and safe while meeting their academic, social, emotional and mental health needs. In the face of unprecedented circumstances, you have found creative ways to engage, care for, protect and teach our children, âCardona said.