All Saints Catholic School Named Blue Ribbon School of Excellence
On Tuesday, September 15, 2009, Secretary Arne Duncan announced that All Saints Catholic School was selected by the U.S. Department of Education as a 2009 Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. All Saints will be honored at a formal ceremony in Washington D.C. on November 2 – 3, 2009. The No Child Left Behind – Blue Ribbon School Program honors public and private K-12 schools for their academic excellence and ability to help students achieve at very high levels.
All Saints met and exceeded the Blue Ribbon School of Excellence eligibility guidelines in part because its students have continued to score in the top 10 percent of the U.S. on national Terra Nova standardized testing. Founded in 1957, All Saints enjoys a reputation of over 50 years of excellence in Catholic education grounded in a balanced curriculum that fosters spiritual growth, intellectual challenge, physical development, and service to the community.
Eligibility Requirements for Blue Ribbon Schools
The U.S. Department of Education’s No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon Schools Program, originally instituted in 1982, requires schools to meet either of two assessment criteria. It recognizes schools that have at least 40 percent of their students from disadvantaged backgrounds that dramatically improve student performance and schools that score in the top 10 percent on state assessments.
Blue Ribbon Nomination Process
A total of 413 schools nationwide can be nominated. This number is determined based on the number of K-12 students and schools in each state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The Chief State School Officer (CSSO) nominates public schools, and the Council for American Private Education (CAPE) submits nominations it selects from private schools. The selected schools are invited by Secretary Duncan to submit an application for possible recognition as a No Child Left Behind – Blue Ribbon School.
All Saints – First Blue Ribbon School in Manassas
All Saints Catholic School is the first school in Manassas and the third elementary school in Prince William County to receive the prestigious No Child Left Behind – Blue Ribbon status. Located on the corner of Stonewall Road and Route 28 in Manassas, All Saints serves 530 students from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade.
Sr. Bernadette McManigal, Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Arlington, remarked, “This award recognizes the students, faculty, staff and parents who all contribute to making our schools faith-filled and academically excellent year after year. I am thrilled with their success and congratulate them on this prestigious honor.” Arlington Catholic Schools won four of the fifty ribbons awarded to private schools nationwide this year. In total, sixteen of the 41 Arlington diocesan schools have been named Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence.
- Official All Saints Blue Ribbon Press Release
- A Message from Father Bob and Mr. David Conroy
- Letter from U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan
- Letter from Congressman Frank Wolf
- Letter from the University of Notre Dame
Blue Ribbon Events Timeline:
September 15, 2009, 10:30 a.m.
U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan Announces 2009 Blue Ribbon Schools
In a press conference held in Maryland, Secretary Duncan announces the schools that were selected as 2009 Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence.
September 15, 2009, 2:00 p.m.
Students Learn About Blue Ribbon at Special Assembly
All Saints was pleased to welcome Senator Charles Colgan and City of Manassas Council Member Jonathan Way to a surprise assembly for our students and faculty. The school community gathered in the gym to hear the official announcement of All Saints’ status as a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. In celebration of this success, Senator Colgan announced plans to introduce a resolution in the Senate honoring our school during the upcoming January session.
November 2-3, 2009 – Washington, D.C.
U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon Ceremony
November 2 – 3, Mr. Conroy and Kindergarten teacher Marsha Vice will be attending a ceremony in Washington, DC. All Saints Catholic Schools will be recognized with a special plaque and flag signifying our Blue Ribbon status.
Thursday, November 5, 2009 – All Saints Catholic School, 7:00 p.m.
Blue Ribbon Ceremony & Reception
The All Saints School and Parish community cordially invite you attend our Blue Ribbon Ceremony & Reception beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the church followed by a dessert reception in the gymnasium.
Thursday, May 13, 2009 – All Saints Catholic School, 10:00 a.m.
Blue Ribbon Mass Celebrated by Bishop Paul S. Loverde
Please join us in our celebration and Mass of thanksgiving.