East Millsboro Named National Blue Ribbon School
East Millsboro Named National Blue Ribbon School
Posted on 10/04/2017

East Millsboro Elementary School was one of three schools in Delaware and 342 nationwide to be named a National Blue Ribbon School for 2017.

This is the second time that East Millsboro Elementary has received this national honor. It also won the award in 2008. Overall, it is the Indian River School District’s ninth National Blue Ribbon Award since 2001. 

“In earning National Blue Ribbon recognition, East Millsboro Elementary School has made the Indian River School District proud,” Superintendent Mark Steele said. “It gives me great pleasure to have this terrific school recognized as one of the top schools not only in Delaware, but in the entire country. I offer my heartfelt congratulations to Principal Kelly Dorman and to East Millsboro’s students and staff for the hard work and dedication that produced this prestigious honor.”

The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private elementary, middle and high schools where students achieve high learning standards or are making notable improvements in closing the achievement gap. This coveted award affirms the hard work of educators, families and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content. 

Now in its 35th year, the National Blue Ribbon Schools program has bestowed recognition on more than 8,500 schools. U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and the Department of Education will honor East Millsboro Elementary School and the other national winners at a special awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. on November 6-7.

National Blue Ribbon Schools are honored in one of two performance categories based on overall student scores, subgroup student scores and graduation rates:

  • Exemplary High Performing Schools are among their state’s highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests.
  • Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing Schools are among their state’s highest performing schools in closing achievement gaps between a school’s subgroups and all students over the past five years.

East Millsboro Elementary was a winner in the Exemplary High Performing Schools category.

"East Millsboro has been recognized as a school community where parents, teachers and the community collaborate for the benefit of all students and has received this recognition for being an ‘Exemplary High Performing School’," East Millsboro Principal Kelly Dorman said. “I want to thank our community, families, students and the E.M.E. Team for working together to receive such a huge honor! We appreciate everyone’s hard work and dedication to the success of all of our students."

The district’s other Blue Ribbon Award winners are Long Neck Elementary School (2005, 2011), John M. Clayton/Frankford Elementary School (2004, 2014), North Georgetown Elementary School (2006), Phillip C. Showell Elementary School (2003) and Lord Baltimore Elementary School (2001).