Press Release

Maine Schools named 2012 National Blue Ribbon Schools

 HOPE and SOLON, Maine — U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recently recognized 269 schools as 2012 National Blue Ribbon Schools based on their overall academic excellence or for making progress in improving student academic achievement levels.
The National Blue Ribbon Schools award honors public and private elementary, middle, and high schools where students perform at very high levels or where significant improvements are being made in students’ levels of achievement.
This year, two Maine schools, Hope Elementary School and Solon Elementary School, received a National Blue Ribbon Schools award.
The Department will honor approximately 219 public and 50 private schools at a recognition ceremony on Nov. 12-13 in Washington, D.C.
The program recognizes schools in one of two performance categories. The first category is “Exemplary High Performing,” in which schools are recognized among their state’s highest performing schools, as measured by state assessments or nationally-normed tests. The second category is “Exemplary Improving,” in which schools that have at least 40 percent of their students from disadvantaged backgrounds demonstrate the most progress in improving student achievement levels as measured by state assessments or nationally-normed tests.
The list of schools in Maine being recognized as 2012 National Blue Ribbon Schools is below:
Hope Elementary School
34 Highfield Road
Hope, ME 04847-3638
Principal: Mrs. Carol Hathorne
School District: Hope School Department/
   School Union 69
Solon Elementary School
76 South Main Street
P O Box 146
Solon, ME 04979-0146
Principal: Ms. Jean Butler
School District: RSU 74


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