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Blue Ribbon School - 2010

Orchard Avenue Elementary school was awarded the Blue Ribbon Award in 2010 for exemplary high performance. The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes public and private elementary, middle, and high schools based on their overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. More than 8,500schools across the country have been presented with this coveted award. The National Blue Ribbon School award affirms the hard work of students, educators, families, and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging content.

Key drivers for schools selected for the Blue Ribbon are the following:

  • Student Supports - a focus on Whole Child Education and a strong School Culture
  • Instruction - Data Driven Instruction and Instructional Support
  • School Structure - Collaborative Culture and Strong Leadership & Effective Teachers
  • Curriculum - strong English Language Arts

Orchard Avenue continues to strive for excellence through school practices that provide the greatest support and opportunity to our learners. Additional key practices are:

  • STEM Education with problem based learning
  • Student Centered Instruction - the individual student needs are considered when designing the learning opportunity
  • Student Leadership - giving students a voice in our school from after hour clubs to advisory and council opportunities
  • Whole Child Education- along with a strong academic focus, each students' mental and physical well-being is an equal focus