Flowertown awarded Blue Ribbon by Dept. of Education

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      SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (WCIV) -- Flowertown Elementary School was named a 2013 Blue Ribbon School by the Department of Education Tuesday."Excellence in education matters and we should honor the schools that are leading the way to prepare students for success in college and careers," said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. "National Blue Ribbon schools represent examples of educational excellence, and their work reflects the belief that every child in America deserves a world-class education."{} {}Winning schools have to meet one of the criteria listed below.

      • Schools that have at least 40 percent of their students from disadvantaged backgrounds and that show dramatic improvement in test scores to high levels in English language arts and mathematics.
      • Schools, regardless of their demographics, that achieve in the top 10 percent of schools in the state.

      Five schools in South Carolina were named among the 286 in the country. Flowertown, part of Dorchester School District Two, is the only school in the Tri-county area on the list.The 2013 recipients include:

      • Flowertown Elementary School, Dorchester School District 2
      • Mayo High School for Math, Darlington County School District
      • New Prospect Elementary School, Spartanburg School District 1
      • Okatie Elementary School, Beaufort County School District
      • Ware Shoals Elementary School, Ware Shoals School District 51 South

      Official award ceremonies will take place in Washington D.C. on Nov. 18-19, where the national winners will receive Blue Ribbon School flags and engraved plaques.To see a complete list of the 2013 Blue Ribbon Schools, click here.