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Awards and Recognition

Image of 2012 National Blue Ribbon AwardWalker-Spivey School of Math and Natural Science (previously known as Pauline Jones School of Math and Natural Science) was been nominated by North Carolina for the 2012 National Blue Ribbon Schools award. The National Blue Ribbon Schools award highlights and gives recognition to both public and private elementary, middle, and high schools that are producing outstanding results for all students regardless of race or socioeconomic status.  Schools recognized as National Blue Ribbon Schools are those that have demonstrated consistent excellence, and in some cases, those that have made progress and closed gaps in student achievement.  The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program is part of a larger U. S. Department of Education effort to identify and disseminate knowledge about best school leadership and teaching practices.

The nomination is based on Exemplary Improving: a school, with at least 40 percent of its students from disadvantaged backgrounds that has reduced the achievement gap by making the most progress in improving student performance as measured by the school’s performance on state assessments.  Schools that earn the award will be honored at an awards ceremony in Washington, DC, where each Blue Ribbon School receives a plaque and flag to signify its National Blue Ribbon School status.  These schools serve as models for other schools throughout the nation and details of their achievements are shared on the U.S. Department of Education’s Website.

On September 7, 2012 our school was officially named a 2012 National Blue Ribbon Award recipient.

Read a blog post from the U.S. Dept. of Education
Great American Schools

View a list of all the schools receiving the award this year.
2012 National Blue Ribbon Recipients

A ceremony will be held in Washington, DC in November where representatives of the school will be presented with a plaque and flag.

Special Note: Prior to July 2012, the students and staff of Walker-Spivey Elementary were located at Pauline Jones Elementary School. 



US Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools 2020 Honoree

The aim of U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) is to inspire schools, districts and institutions of higher education (IHEs) to strive for 21st-century excellence by highlighting promising school sustainability practices and resources that all can employ. To that end, the award recognizes schools, districts, and IHEs that:

  1. reduce environmental impact and costs;
  2. improve the health and wellness of schools, students, and staff; and
  3. provide effective environmental and sustainability education

Combined progress in ALL three of these areas, known as Pillars, serves as the basis for recognition. ED-GRS aligns with the U.S. Department of Education’s (Department’s or ED’s) cross-cutting goals for education, including improving student, staff, and facility performance and increasing efficiency at federal, state, and local levels.

Another key function of the award is helping to facilitate state and local collaboration around school facilities, health, and environmental education.

Honored schools, school districts, and IHEs are announced each spring. The selectees are invited to a summer ceremony in Washington, D.C. where they receive a sustainable plaque; are the subject of media attention; and feel their efforts celebrated. Other schools, in turn, learn about and adopt their practices. States are encouraged to offer additional state recognition titles and events, and to partner with private sector to offer cash prizes, amplifying the impact of their award implementation. The federal recognition award conveys no ED funding to states, districts, schools, or IHEs.

For more information on the Green Ribbon Schools award, please visit this link.  U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools

Published by Amanda Hunt on April 4, 2019