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St. Anthony Park Elementary School Recognized Nationally as a Blue Ribbon School

St. Anthony Park

St. Anthony Park Elementary School has been named one of the best in the nation today by the U.S. Department of Education.

St. Anthony Park was named a National Blue Ribbon School for 2017, one of the highest honors a public or private school can receive in the United States.

The program honors public and private elementary, middle and high schools where students achieve extraordinarily high learning standards or are making notable improvements in closing the achievement gap.

“St. Anthony Park is not just a community school because our kids live nearby,” said St. Anthony Park Principal Karen Duke. “We are a community school because parents, families, neighbors, students, and educators all contribute to the ongoing success of our school. This is a place for them to excel in literacy, math, science, music, visual art, sports, community service and leadership -- all with adults who will push them and encourage them along the way.”

St. Anthony Park is one of only eight schools in Minnesota recognized by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today. Nationwide, 342 schools received this honor.

National Blue Ribbon Schools demonstrate vision, innovation and leadership in preparing every child for a bright future, DeVos said in a news release.

This award affirms the hard work of educators, families and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content.

“Our community is highly engaged and supports our arts, science and environmental programs,” retired principal Ann Johnson wrote in an application statement for the award. “Our teachers continually collaborate to use student progress data to improve instruction, with the goal of strong growth for students at all levels of achievement.

“We work in partnership with teachers, students, and families to create a place where all learners are challenged, motivated and successful. Our school is infused with community spirit and the belief that working together can lead to great accomplishments.”

Now in its 35th year, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has recognized more than 8,500 schools. On Nov. 6-7, the Secretary and the Department of Education will celebrate with these honorees at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.

SAP mosaic

Anyone who enters St. Anthony Park (SAP),can’t help but notice a giant ceramic tile mosaic on the wall. As students walk past it they can often been seen touching and analyzing the mosaic. This art installation was the result of a collaboration between students, SAP’s visual art specialist and neighborhood craftspeople. It is a perfect metaphor for SAP: colorful, detailed, exciting and engaging.