WASHINGTON — Vestavia Hills Elementary West (VHEW) has been named a National Blue Ribbon School, Secretary of Education John B. King, Jr. announced today.
VHEW was nominated for the Blue Ribbon Award by the Alabama State Department of Education as an “Exemplary High Performing” school. Blue Ribbon recipients in the Exemplary High Performing category have consistently earned some of the highest test scores in the state, according to the education department. National Blue Ribbon Schools must be in the top 15 percent of all schools in their respective states when students are ranked on state assessment results.
“We could not be more proud of this recognition on behalf of West Elementary and Vestavia Hills City Schools,” Superintendent Sheila Phillips said. “The faculty and staff are most deserving of this honor. This award affirms what we know about the level of excellence in education our children receive.”
“I am honored to join the other schools in my district that have received this prestigious award but also feel very blessed to work alongside these administrators and my colleagues,” VHEW Principal Kim Hauser said today. “It is a privilege to work in a district that receives such support from its board of education, our superintendent and the central office. To work in a district where all decisions are based on the best interest of the child is very rewarding. I am grateful.”
Just 329 schools nationwide and 5 schools in Alabama were chosen for the award this year, according to a Department of Education press release. National Blue Ribbon Schools will be honored this November at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. At the ceremony, VHEW will receive a plaque and flag to honor its Blue Ribbon status.
The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program is an initiative of the U.S. Department of Education. Since 1982, the program has recognized the nation's top schools based on their academic excellence or progress in closing achievement gaps.