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09/26/2019

Cape High School named 2019 Blue Ribbon School by U.S. Department of Education

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Cape Elizabeth High School has been named a Blue Ribbon School for 2019 by the U.S. Department of Education.

The Maine Department of Education shared the news in a press release Sept. 26. Cape High was one of three Maine schools to receive recognition, based on overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.

Cape Elizabeth High School was named in the Exemplary High Performing Schools category. The profile of the school, posted on the Blue Ribbon Schools website, highlighted the school's achievement center, and time devoted in the school day for students and teachers to connect for individualized help.

The other Maine schools were Yarmouth High School and Fruit Street School in Bangor, also in the high-performing schools category.

Up to 420 schools may be nominated each year. The department 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.

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced the 362 Blue Ribbon Schools for 2019 in a video presentation Sept. 25.

On Nov. 14-15, the secretary and the Department of Education will celebrate with the 312 public and 50 non-public school honorees at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., according to the press release.

The department has been awarding the Blue Ribbon designation since 1982. Cape Elizabeth High School was last recognized as a Blue Ribbon School in 2004. [news article]