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Recommended for the Blue Ribbon School Award

The Lower School of Savannah Christian Prep has been nominated by The Council for American Private Education (CAPE) as one of the top 50 private schools in America. Recognized for consistent outstanding student achievement, SCPS has now been recommended to the U.S. Department of Education to receive the Blue Ribbon School Award. In its nomination by CAPE, The Lower School meets the criteria of one of America’s highest performing schools. Once nominated by CAPE, the U.S. Department of Education selects the country’s best schools, public and private, to earn this award widely known to be the pinnacle of educational achievement in American schools.

The criteria for earning this nomination began back in the spring with a school-wide high performance on the Stanford Achievement Test. These test scores met the criteria set by the Blue Ribbon Schools Program: that every grade level must score in the top 15% in the nation in both Reading and Mathematics. In fact, nearly every single class in 1st -5th grade scored in the top 10% in both Reading and Mathematics.

The 28 page application contained test scores for each grade level for the last five years, much data describing the student body, and responses to 12 narrative questions.

Savannah Christian Prep will have to wait until the fall of 2011 while the final review is made. Each year since 1982, the U.S. Department of Education has sought to identify schools where students attain and maintain high academic goals. In the past 28 years, more than 6,000 of America’s schools have received this coveted award. This past fall 254 public and 50 private schools were honored at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.

For more information, visit SCPS on its way to becoming a Blue Ribbon School – WTOC, 1/26/11