Two schools celebrated as National Blue Ribbon Schools -- Gazette.Net


Two Montgomery County schools were named National Blue Ribbon Schools in an announcement made Sept. 7 by the U.S. Department of Education.

Rachel Carson Elementary School, Gaithersburg, and St Peter School, Olney, were recognized among the 269 schools who received the national honor.

The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes public and private elementary, middle and high schools where students perform at very high levels or where significant improvements are being made in academic achievement, according to the department of education website.

“I feel very proud. I really feel excited for the staff because they work so hard and this is verification of their hard work,” Lawrence Chep, principal at Rachel Carson said. “The students and community too, we have tons of parents who volunteer at the school and at home, helping the students.”

Students at St. Peter’s were surprised by balloons and a banner when they heard the news, Principial Mary Elizabeth Whelan said.

“It’s really affirming for the teachers, students and parents. You have to show that you are not just a good school, but a great school,” Whelan said.