A DoDEA Americas School Selected as a 2019 Blue Ribbon School
October 1, 2019 | View PDF
PEACHTREE CITY, GEORGIA - A Department of
Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Americas School
was recognized recently by U.S. Secretary of Education
Betsy Devos as a 2019 National Blue Ribbon School.
Maxwell AFB Elementary/Middle School at Maxwell
Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama is one of the
362 National Blue Ribbon Schools recognized across the
nation, and one of the three DoDEA schools recognized.
The award is based on the school's overall academic
excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps
among student subgroups.
"I am extremely proud of the hard work and dedication
to student achievement shown at Maxwell AFB Elementary
Middle School to earn the National Blue Ribbon
Award recognition," said Dr. Judith Minor, DoDEA
Americas Director for Student Achievement. "The efforts
of the leadership, teachers, and staff to exemplify the
DoDEA mission of excellence in education for every
student, every day, everywhere."
National Blue Ribbon Schools are recognized 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 subgroups
and all students over the past five years.
Maxwell qualified in the high performing category.
Maxwell AFB Elementary/Middle School was established in 1963 in Montgomery,
Alabama. Since its inception, the school has provided a superior
education for pre-Kindergarten through fifth-grade children of United States
military personnel living on Maxwell Air Force Base. The middle school, sixth
through eighth grade, was added in July 2011.
The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private elementary,
middle and high schools where students achieve very high learning
standards or are making notable improvements in closing the achievement gap.
This coveted award affirms the hard work of educators, families and communities
in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging
and engaging content. The National Blue Ribbon Schools flag gracing a school's
building is a widely recognized symbol of exemplary teaching and learning.
National Blue Ribbon Schools are an inspiration and a model for schools still
striving for excellence. A total of 362 schools were recognized this year.
Now in its 37th year, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed
this coveted award on more than 9,000 schools. On Nov. 14 and 15, 2019, the
Secretary and the Department of Education will celebrate with these honorees
at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.
DoDEA plans, directs, coordinates, and manages pre-kindergarten through 12th
grade education programs for school-age children of Department of Defense
personnel who would otherwise not have access to high-quality public
education. DoDEA schools are located in Europe, the Pacific, Western Asia, the
Middle East, Cuba, the United States, Guam, and Puerto Rico. DoDEA