We are proud to announce the wonderful news that St. Edward-Epiphany Catholic School has been recognized by the U. S. Department of Education as a 2012 National Blue Ribbon School. The announcement was made on September 7, 2012 by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. SEES is one of nine Virginia public and private schools awarded Blue Ribbon status this year.
St. Edward-Epiphany met and exceeded the Blue Ribbon School of Excellence eligibility guidelines, in part due to its students' continued high performing scores as measured by state assessments in both reading (English language arts) and mathematics. Principal Emily Elliott made the announcement to the students, faculty and staff, commending them on their achievement. "This is a fantastic recognition for all of the great things that have happened at St. Edward-Epiphany Catholic School over the past fifty years. Our students, teachers, parents and staff are very deserving of this honor."
All 269 National Blue Ribbon schools were recognized at a formal ceremony in Washington, D. C. on November 12th, 2012. Attending from St. Edward-Epiphany School were Fourth Grade Teacher Mrs. Vicki Long, former Principal Georgette Richards, and current Principal Emily Elliott (pictured left to right with National Blue Ribbon Schools Program Director Aba Kumi, above).
Additional information about the National Blue Ribbon process may be found at the following sites:
Department of Education Press Release
List of all 2012 Recipients
Times Dispatch Article on Virginia Blue Ribbon Recipients
Learn more about the purpose and history of Blue Ribbon status