St. Patrick Catholic School in Malvern is one of the winners of the prestigious National Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence designation awarded by the U.S. Department of Education, writes Kristen Graham for The Philadelphia Inquirer.
St. Patrick is one of six Philadelphia-area schools to be honored this year. It is one of just 367 schools – or less than one percent – from around the country to receive this designation.
After an extensive application process, the winners were chosen either based on their standardized test performance or on efforts to close student achievement gaps.
Andrew McLaughlin, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s secretary for elementary education, said that the recognition earned by St. Patrick and two more archdiocesan schools is especially meaningful considering that it was achieved against the backdrop of a pandemic.
“The fact that each of these schools has been recognized for academic excellence, during an extraordinarily challenging time in our world, speaks volumes to the dedication of all those working within our Catholic schools each and every day to maintain high educational standards despite societal obstacles,” said McLaughlin.
Read more about the National Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence in The Philadelphia Inquirer here.
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