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Holman Elementary School Earns National Blue Ribbon School Award from U.S. Department of Education - Stay Tuned for Ways We Will Celebrate This Achievement!

blue ribbon award logoCongratulations to Holman Elementary School! 

U.S. Department of Education Names Holman Elementary School a 2021 National Blue Ribbon School!

This honor was just announced on September 21, 2021.

STAY TUNED for how we as a community will be celebrating this amazing achievement!
Students at Holman Elementary are recognized for demonstrating positive character!

Students at Holman Elementary are recognized for demonstrating positive character!

Lucy N. Holman Elementary School provides a variety of unique learning experiences to our community of diverse learners to help them reach their full academic and emotional potential. The Holman School utilizes a balanced literacy model and blends the scientific principles of learning to read with a comprehensive reading and writing workshop curriculum that instills the love of reading and supports comprehension. The Holman School has implemented a variety of supplemental programs that contribute to the success of our students, including a strong, daily multi-tiered system of support framework to help students reach their fullest potential. The Holman School also has a robust Gifted and Talented Program (Enrichment) to support students who exceed grade level expectations. In addition, as a designated Title I Schoolwide school, Holman has a well-established English Language Learner (ELL) program.

Through our Social Emotional Learning Program (SEL), students practice wellness strategies through discussion, activities, and games. Students start each day with a Morning Meeting adapted from the Responsive Classroom Model. Holman Elementary also celebrates both the academic and social achievements of the students by recognizing academic accomplishments and positive character traits. Another program unique to the Holman School is the Family Literacy Program entitled, One School One Book. This is a schoolwide reading program where every student, parent, faculty member, and administrator reads the same book at the same time. We pride ourselves on building a positive school climate and culture by building positive relationships within our school community.

SEPTEMBER 21, 2021
U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona today recognized 325 schools as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2021. The recognition is based on a school's overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. Secretary Cardona will make the announcement during his Return to School Road Trip, where he will visit an awardee school, Walter R. Sundling Jr. High School, in Palatine, Illinois.

"This year's cohort of honorees demonstrates what is possible when committed educators and school leaders create vibrant, welcoming, and affirming school cultures where rich teaching and learning can flourish," said Secretary Cardona. "I commend this school and all our Blue Ribbon honorees 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 found creative ways to engage, care for, protect, and teach our children. Blue Ribbon Schools have so much to offer and can serve as a model for other schools and communities so that we can truly build back better."

The coveted National Blue Ribbon Schools award affirms the hard work of educators, families and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content.  Now in its 39th year, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed approximately 10,000 awards to more than 9,000 schools.

The Education Department recognizes all schools in one of two performance categories, based on all student scores, subgroup student scores and graduation rates:

  • Exemplary High-Performing Schools are among their state's highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests.
  • Exemplary Achievement Gap-Closing Schools are among their state's highest performing schools in closing achievement gaps between a school's student groups and all students.

Up to 420 schools may be nominated each year. The Department invites National Blue Ribbon Schools nominations from the top education official in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and the Bureau of Indian Education. Private schools are nominated by the Council for American Private Education.