Petal High School Wins U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon Award
The Petal School District continues to excel throughout Mississippi and the country, with Petal High School – the district’s flagship school – recently honored as the 2022 National Blue Ribbon School by the United States Department of Education. United States.
The award, which recognizes an exemplary public and non-public school each year, is awarded based on standards of excellence, as evidenced by measures of student achievement. The National Blue Ribbon Schools program is supported by ongoing collaboration with the National Association of Elementary School Principals, the Association for Middle School Education, and the National Association of Secondary School Principals.
“Obviously, we are very pleased to be recognized nationally with this Blue Ribbon award,” said District Superintendent Matt Dillon. “It’s a very distinguished award; only 297 schools across the country achieve this distinction, so it’s very special.
“This is a proud moment for our faculty, staff, student body, support staff and the community as a whole.”
The Department of Education recognizes all schools in one of two performance categories, based on student scores, student subgroup scores, and graduation rates. These categories are:
- Exemplary high-performing schools, which are among the top-performing schools in their state, as measured by state assessments or nationally standardized tests;
- Exemplary Achievement Gap-Closing Schools, which are among the top performing schools in their state at closing achievement gaps between groups of students in a school and all students.
Of these two categories, Petal High School was recognized as an exemplary high-performing school.
“(Ministry of Education) review accountability results; they’re watching how you develop certain subgroups of students, so we’re very proud of that,” Dillon said. “We’ve had it twice in our history – we also had it in 2007 at Petal High School as well, and this award program has only been around for about 40 years.
“So I’m proud of that – I’m proud of our faculty, our staff and everyone. It’s just something we can continue to build on academically.
For Dillon, winning the award for the second time reinforces the school district’s goal to not only be “Mississippi Great,” but also to be nationally competitive.
“We want to give our students every opportunity to be recognized and to have all the different things that other students are doing across the country, so this is another representation of our recognition on the national stage,” a- he declared. “I think it creates momentum – I think you can take advantage of it, you can integrate it, but it also allows you to build on the rich tradition of academic excellence that we have in this district that makes us so special. .
“We are so proud of all the people who have made this possible across all campuses. This is a reflection not only of Petal High School, but also of all the foundational skills (students) learned at each of the other schools leading up to Petal High School. So it was a district celebration, and I think it’s a testament to the hard work of our employees, our students who buy into what we do, and our parents who support us and our community who are there behind us in everything we do.
The National Blue Ribbon Schools Award was instituted in 1982 by Education Secretary Terrel Bell to recognize schools and students across the country who excelled in certain categories. Although at first the program was only for secondary schools, it was later expanded to include primary schools as well.
Since the program’s inception, more than 9,000 schools have been honored as National Blue Ribbon Schools.