Watauga Elementary School is Named One of the Best Schools in the Nation

Students stand in front of the marquee at Watauga Elementary.U. S. Secretary of Education John B. King, Jr., announced on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 that Watauga Elementary School has been named a 2016 National Blue Ribbon School. Watauga Elementary School is one among 279 public and 59 private schools receiving this honor.

Schools are nominated for the award by the state department of education, and then complete a comprehensive application about school practices. Schools may apply for status as Exemplary High Performing- among the top schools in the state—or Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing- schools making the fastest progress in their state in closing the achievement gaps among student subgroups. Watauga Elementary School met the requirements of an Exemplary High Performing School. Watauga’s principal, Dr. Marie Stanley, and other school leaders will represent Watauga Elementary School at a two-day awards ceremony in Washington, D. C., in November to celebrate their hard-earned achievements. Watauga Elementary School is the first school in Washington County to be named a National Blue Ribbon School since inception of the program in 1982. Congratulations to the faculty, staff, students, parents, and all school stakeholders on this prestigious accomplishment!

Contact Person: 
Marie Stanley