LAS CRUCES, N.M. — Governor Susana Martinez announced Tuesday three New Mexico schools are among 286 across the nation to receive the 2013 National Blue Ribbon award from the U.S. Department of Education.
Anthony Elementary School, Albuquerque Institute For Math and Science (AIMS) and Holloman Middle School were the three schools recognized in the state.
“The teachers, principals and students at each of these great schools deserve all the credit for this fantastic achievement,” said Governor Susana Martinez. “Every one of these schools demonstrates what is possible when we accept no excuses and put students first.”
In order to qualify for the award, each school must have demonstrated overall academic excellence or progress in the growth of student achievement. In order to receive a nomination, each New Mexico school must have earned an “A” grade in the New Mexico A-F grading system over a three year average.
After the nomination, each school must submit an application to the U.S. Department of Education for possible recognition.
“We know there are great examples of success around our state and we are proud to champion those who are delivering results for our students,” said New Mexico Public Education Department Secretary Hanna Skandera.
Leaders from each school will be invited to attend a recognition ceremony in Washington, D.C. on November 18th and 19th.
The 2013 New Mexico Blue Ribbon Schools are:
Anthony Elementary School – Located in Anthony in the Gadsden Independent Schools District, Anthony Elementary serves more than 430 students from Pre-Kindergarten through 6th grade. Anthony Elementary most recently earned a “B” grade in the A-F grading system while still maintaining an “A” grade over the last 3 years earning an average of 78.3 points. The most recent student achievement results show nearly 74% of Anthony Elementary students are on grade level in math while 55% are on grade level in reading at a school where nearly 98% of the students qualify for free or reduced lunch.
Holloman Middle School – Located on Holloman Air Force Base in the Alamogordo Public Schools District, Holloman Middle School serves nearly 200 students in grades 6 through 8. The school earned an “A” for the second consecutive year with a three year average score of 76.5 points. The most recent New Mexico Standards Based Assessment results show over 80% of the students at Holloman Middle School are proficient in reading and nearly 72% are proficient in math, up from 70% and 63% respectively.
Albuquerque Institute For Math and Science (AIMS) – A state charter school located on the campus of the University of New Mexico, AIMS serves than 350 students in grades 6 through 12. AIMS also earned an “A” grade for the second consecutive year and has earned an “A” average with 85.5 points over the last three years. Results from the most recent statewide assessment show 94% of the students at AIMS are either on grade level, or advanced, in reading and math.