Lusher Charter School, a kindergarten through 12th-grade school in Uptown New Orleans, and eight other public schools have been nominated by Louisiana to contend for a Blue Ribbon award, one of the U.S. Department of Education’s highest honors.
Lusher is the only New Orleans public school to make the list of nominees, which also includes institutions in Lake Charles, Shreveport and Denham Springs among other cities, according to a Louisiana Department of Education news release.
The state has already recognized Lusher as one of Louisiana’s three “Exemplary High Performing Schools” for being among the state’s highest performing schools as measured by state assessments and graduation rates.
Lusher has maintained an “A” letter grade in Louisiana’s school performance scores for several years because of its strong performance on standardized tests and its focus on the creative arts. The school is also known for its rigorous application process.
Here’s the full list of Louisiana schools nominated for the Blue Ribbon award.
- T.S. Cooley Elementary Magnet School, Lake Charles
- Caddo Parish Magnet High School, Shreveport
- Lusher Charter School, New Orleans
- Lewis Vincent Elementary School, Denham Springs
- Vacherie Elementary School, Vacherie
- Montegut Elementary School, Montegut
The U.S. Education Department’s National Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public schools that are either high-performing or have closed achievement gaps, especially among minority or disadvantaged students. About 8,500 schools have earned the award since the program was started more than 30 years ago.
The nominated schools must now submit an application to the federal government for the award. The U.S. Education Department will announce the winners in the fall, and recipients from across the country will be honored at a ceremony in Washington D.C.
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Wilborn P. Nobles III is an education reporter based in New Orleans. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @WilNobles.