The Junction City area celebrated the recognition of John F. Kennedy Elementary School as a National Blue Ribbon School on Monday, Jan. 28.
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recognized the school for its exemplary improvements in academics.
Kennedy School was one of eight Wisconsin elementary schools named 2012 Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education for their success at improving student achievement. Nationally, 269 schools were named Blue Ribbon Schools for improving student academic achievement levels or based on their overall academic excellence.
Kennedy School was nominated by the state Department of Public Instruction (DPI) for the award in the “Exemplary Improving” category. The category is for schools that have at least 40 percent of their students from disadvantaged backgrounds and demonstrate the most progress in improving student achievement levels as measured by state assessments or nationally-normed tests.