Avon Celebrates Two “Blue Ribbon” Schools

Two schools in the community of Avon have earned the distinction of “Blue Ribbon” schools from the United States Department of Education.

They are Holy Trinity School and Avon Middle School.

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has recognized just 367 schools nationally as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2020. The recognition is based on a school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.

“Congratulations to this year’s National Blue Ribbon School awardees,” said Secretary DeVos. “It’s a privilege to recognize the extraordinary work you do to meet students’ needs and prepare them for successful careers and meaningful lives.”

“If someone would have told me that two schools in the same community received the coveted National Blue Ribbon School Award, I am not sure I would believe it,” said Avon Mayor Bryan Jensen. “If they told me which two schools did receive the award, then it would make perfect sense. The Administrations and the teaching staff at both Holy Trinity School and Avon Middle School are remarkable. I have worked with both schools and know this first hand. Everyone knows people move to Avon for the excellent schools, and stay because of all the amenities. This national award is proof that people are right. Our schools, both public and private, are outstanding. I believe a community is lucky to get one school that is recognized as a Blue Ribbon School – to have two is truly remarkable. Congratulations to Holy Trinity School and Avon Middle School on this well-deserved award.”

Holy Trinity School is the only school in the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland and one of only 50 non-public schools in the country to be recognized as a 2020 Blue Ribbon School, reports the Diocese.

It was recognized for its overall academic performance as an Exemplary High Performing School. This was Holy Trinity’s first attempt to achieve Blue Ribbon status.

“This recognition is a testament to the incredible effort of our teachers and staff, and the support of our Holy Trinity families and community,” said Kim Kuchta, Holy Trinity School co-principal. “To be part of the Holy Trinity family is to be inclusive, compassionate and empathetic to members of the community and beyond. Our teachers foster student success using this approach while delivering engaging, individualized instruction in a faith-based environment.”

Holy Trinity School serves more than 500 students from preschool to grade 8. It is the oldest and largest parochial school in Lorain County. It was established in 1845.

Avon Middle School first learned it was nominated for the esteemed honor this past February.

“Receiving the National Blue Ribbon Award is a wonderful honor, not only for Avon Middle School, but for the entire school district and the City of Avon,” said Dr. Craig Koehler, Avon Middle School principal. “With the school, families, and community working together, we have been able to accomplish great things for our children. It’s been all about teamwork, and we are certainly appreciative of our amazing staff and students, as well as the support we have received from the community over the years.”

Koehler has been principal at Avon Middle School since 1998.

“To be designated as a Blue Ribbon School is truly an honor,” said Mike Laub, Avon Local Schools superintendent. “Our staff, students and community should be proud of this accomplishment. This award is a reflection of the entire team and their desire to provide the best possible education for our students.”

Avon Middle School was nominated as an Exemplary High Performing School. Up to 420 schools may be nominated each year nationally. The U.S. Department of Education invites National Blue Ribbon School nominations from the top education official in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and the Bureau of Indian Education. Private schools are nominated by the Council for American Private Education (CAPE).

The 2020 National Blue Ribbon Schools Awards Ceremony will be held virtually Nov. 12 and 13. The U.S. Department of Education will celebrate the 317 public and 50 non-public school honorees in the ways that they are able, and they will each receive their plaques and flags via mail.

The coveted National Blue Ribbon Schools award affirms the hard work of educators, families, and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content. Now in its 38th year, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed almost 10,000 awards to more than 9,000 schools, with some schools winning multiple awards. Schools are eligible for nomination after five years.

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