The list of 2021 National Blue Ribbon Nominated schools has been released and several Region One area campus are recognized:
Pullam Elementary-Brownsville ISD
Achieve Early College High School-McAllen SD
South Texas ISD Preparatory Academy – South Texas ISD
South Texas ISD Rising Scholars Academy- South Texas ISD
Exemplary Achievement – Gap-Closing Schools
Gallegos Elementary – Brownsville ISD
Hidalgo Elementary – Hidalgo ISD
Zeferino Farias Elementary – PSJA ISD
Initiated by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) in 1982, the National Blue Ribbon Schools program recognizes public and private elementary, middle, and high schools that have high student achievement and/or highlights where exemplary progress has been made in closing achievement gaps among student subpopulations. Since the program’s founding, 9,000 schools across the nation have received this prestigious designation.
In Texas, public schools are considered for nomination based on student performance on the first administration of the previous year’s STAAR assessments. Each nominated school has an economically disadvantaged population of 25 percent or more.