Last Modified: Sunday, September 09, 2012 8:11 PM
The U.S. Department of Education recognized T.S. Cooley Elementary Magnet School as a 2012 National Blue Ribbon School on Friday afternoon.
The Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private elementary, middle and high schools across the country that are either high performing or have greatly improved student achievement.
“We were just thrilled. Everybody was so excited. Our teachers, students and parents are committed, and it was great to get recognition for all the hard work we do,” Fritzi Fralick, T.S. Cooley principal, said.
This is the first time T.S. Cooley has been recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School.
“This award is based on the fact that we have wonderful support from our parents and community,” Fralick said. “They are a major component of our success.”
She said the school applied for the award in October 2011, after being nominated by the Louisiana Department of Education.
Five Louisiana schools were given the award, and T.S. Cooley was the highest-performing school in Louisiana to receive the national title.
T.S. Cooley is an A-plus school with a School Performance Score of 153.1.
The other Louisiana schools given the award are Claiborne Fundamental Elementary Magnet School and Oak Park Microsociety Elementary School in Caddo Parish; Gretna No. 2 Academy for Advanced Studies in Jefferson Parish; and McKinley Middle Magnet School in East Baton Rouge Parish.
“We would like to congratulate these schools for achieving this exemplary status,” State Superintendent of Education John White said in a prepared statement.
“The administrators, teachers, staff, students and families in these school communities are to be commended for their outstanding effort and success. The success of these schools proves what we have said as part of Louisiana Believes, which is all students can achieve regardless of ZIP code.”
Posted By: Doug On: 9/10/2012
Congratulations to the entire T. S. Cooley Educational Family. Great report.