It is with great enthusiasm and excitement that we announce that Lessenger was just named a National Blue Ribbon School for 2016! This program is in its 34th year and has only bestowed this honor to very select, exemplary schools in all 50 states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Department of Defense Education Activity and the Bureau of Indian Education. All private schools are also included and may be nominated each year.
Each year schools are recognized in one of two performance categories, based on state or national assessments. The criteria for selection is that the school must be a high performing school (among the highest performing schools as measured by state assessments) or be exemplary at closing the achievement gap (making sure that “every child, every day” is learning and growing academically).
Michigan can only nominate 13 schools each year for the National Blue Ribbon Schools award from US Department of Education. The state rank orders all of the public schools across the state that meet the eligibility requirements for the Michigan nomination, and the honor goes to only the top 13 schools in the entire state! There are over 1200 public schools to consider, and 900 private schools. Lessenger was one of Michigan’s 13 selected! Our application went to the United States Department of Education and was chosen as one of the 329 public and private schools nationwide to be honored in Washington DC next month.
We often talk about Lessenger’s legacy and what it means to be a part of something incredible -- something larger than ourselves. Your child, your family, our staff, and our Lamphere community together are building a remarkable legacy at Lessenger! We are truly proud of the effort and hard work that went into achieving this honor and will continue to keep those expectations of ourselves and each other high! We know that we can continue to achieve great things if we work together, remain reflective, and never, ever give up! Congratulations to YOU and all you have done to make Lessenger a NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED SCHOOL OF EXCELLENCE!