TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The U.S. Department of Education recently named Drachman Montessori Magnet Elementary School a 2015 National Blue Ribbon School.
According to a recent Tucson Unified School District release, Drachman was the only school in Tucson to earn the designation this year, and only one of four schools in the state to receive this honor. 335 were recognized from across the U.S.
Created in 1982, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors schools that have achieved high levels of performance or have made significant improvements in closing the achievement gap in schools where at least 40 percent of the student population is classified as disadvantaged.
Arne Duncan, the Secretary of Education said in his announcement that Blue Ribbon schools are 'leading their schools to the highest levels of achievement or making outstanding progress in closing the achievement gap.'
"Your schools are amazing examples for your communities, your states and the entire nation," said Duncan, who also issued the challenge "Please never be content. Always strive to do more and to do better on behalf of your students. In doing so, you will inspire other schools to transform their teaching and learning and strive for excellence."
"The award is a result of our staff, parents, community and children working together for years toward a shared goal that we established as a family of lifelong learners," said Dr. Jesus Celaya, Drachman's principal, who credited the partnership with the community for the school's success. "Our mission for the last ten years has been to be 'responsible and peaceful,' so we humbly accept the award and we look forward to what our children and overall learning community will do to make positive and peaceful contributions to the world throughout the future."
"Drachman has done an amazing job in elevating its standards of excellence by achieving 'A' status and now National Blue Ribbon Status. We're proud of them, their students and their school community," said Dr. H.T. Sánchez, TUSD superintendent.
The school will be honored at a recognition ceremony in November in Washington D.C., where they will receive an award plaque and a flag to symbolize their accomplishments.