LIMERICK PA – Saint Teresa of Calcutta School has been designated as one of only 18 schools in Pennsylvania, and 342 across the country, to be named a 2017 National Blue Ribbon School by the federal Department of Education. The good news was formally announced Thursday (Sept. 28, 2017) to students, parents, faculty and administrators, and the public (at top) during an assembly in its 256 Swamp Pike building.
This year’s winners will be recognized during Nov. 6-7 ceremonies in Washington DC. The local celebrations kicked-off early, however, with a party following the assembly (below), congratulatory announcements posted by businesses (at right) and other well-wishers around town, and statements by elected officials like state Sen. John Rafferty.
Saint Teresa, operated by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, also was one of only 50 private schools to win the honor “based on their overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. These schools demonstrate that all students can achieve to high levels,” U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said.
- See the entire list of this year’s Blue Ribbon schools here.
Besides having its pride on display the school also soon will fly a National Blue Ribbon Schools flag, to be presented at the Washington gala, outside its building as “a widely recognized symbol of exemplary teaching and learning,” according to the department. Over the past 35 years, it has bestowed blue ribbons on more than 8,500 schools.
Saint Teresa was nominated for the honor by The Council for American Private Education. Although the school bears a Schwenksville PA mailing address, it is located on a 29-acre campus within Limerick Township.
Photos from Saint Teresa of Calcutta School via Facebook