Chancellor Elementary School has been named one of the best schools in the nation.
The Spotsylvania County school is one of eight Virginia-based schools recently awarded National Blue Ribbon status. Across the nation, 349 schools earned the blue ribbon distinction.
The school, off State Route 3, earned the distinction in the exemplary high performing schools category.
Superintendent Scott Baker applauded the award in a letter to the school, which has 436 students and is headed by Principal Shawn Hudson, who has held the position for 10 years.
“Chancellor Elementary School’s exemplary achievement, collaborative learning environment, and close knit, supportive community are just a few of the reasons why Chancellor Elementary was selected for this honor,” the superintendent wrote. “I am extremely proud of the Chancellor Elementary School students, staff, and community’s commitment to excellence. Chancellor Elementary School is truly deserving of this distinguished accomplishment.”
In his school profile, Principal Hudson describes Chancellor as a place “where we strive for not only academic success, but take the holistic approach to educating each child.”
The school’s National Blue Ribbon application, notes it “is becoming more diverse with each school year, as new cultures and ideas are introduced to our wonderful school. We are often asked the secret to our success and it can be summed up with our four ingredients recipe: hard-working students, dedicated staff, parental involvement, and community support.”
The application adds that in the past 11 years, the school has been recognized by the Virginia’s VIP Index Awards, earning the Governor’s award in 2012.
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos recognized the eight Virginia schools earlier this week, saying in a news release that schools earn the distinction based on “overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.”
The program has been active for 36 years, during which more than 8,800 schools have been honored. The department of education will honor the schools at a ceremony on Nov. 7 and 8 in Washington.