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Fair Oaks, Tritt Elementary Schools Named 2013 National Blue Ribbon Schools

October 8, 2013

For the first time in 25 years, two National Blue Ribbon Schools were selected from the Cobb County School District during the same year. Fair Oaks Elementary and Tritt Elementary are among just eight public schools in Georgia to be named 2013 National Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education. The program honors public and private schools where students achieve at the highest levels, as well as schools that make notable progress in closing the achievement gap.

Fair Oaks Elementary was recognized in the program’s ‘Exemplary Improving Schools’ category, for schools with at least 40 percent of students from disadvantaged backgrounds that have shown the most improvement in student achievement over a five-year period. Fair Oaks principal Cindy Szwec said, ‘We believe that every child has amazing potential. Our staff and community look for innovative ways to inspire our students to see the best in themselves and achieve beyond expectations.’ During the past two school years, more than 90 percent of Fair Oaks students met standards on the reading and math sections of the CRCT.

Tritt Elementary is ranked among Georgia’s top 15 percent on reading and math performance and earned its spot among the ‘Exemplary High Performing Schools’ recognized by the Department of Education. For the past two school years, 100 percent of Tritt’s third, fourth and fifth graders have met or exceeded standards on the reading portion of the CRCT and more than 95 percent met or exceeded expectations on the math section. Principal Dr. Karen Frost said, “Our school has made a collaborative effort to increase the rigor and relevance in our instruction and in the activities we give our students. For the past few years, we have focused on problem solving to help our students learn to think critically and look for different ways to find answers.”

The National Blue Ribbon Schools program began in 1982 as a means of recognizing many of the nation’s most successful schools. Schools that meet award criteria are nominated by state education officials and selected by the U.S. Department of Education. The 2013 honors for Tritt and Fair Oaks mark the 21st and 22nd Blue Ribbon School designations bestowed upon Cobb County Schools since the program’s inception.



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