MARLBORO, MD – Whitehall Elementary School in Bowie was selected as
a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education.
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced the new
Blue Ribbon Schools on Friday. Whitehall Elementary was the only Prince
George’s County public school to receive the honor.
“This is incredible recognition for a most deserving
school,” said Verjeana M. Jacobs, Esq., Chair of the Prince George’s County
Board of Education. Jacobs represents District 5, which includes Bowie. “I join
the Bowie community in celebrating this award.”
“Whitehall Elementary is an example of everything that is
right in Prince George’s County Public Schools,” said Dr. Alvin L. Crawley,
Interim Superintendent of Schools. “I would like to commend Principal Jerenze
Campbell, his talented faculty and staff, and our students on their success. We
could not be more proud of their hard work.”
Whitehall was one of the highest-performing county elementary
schools in reading on the 2012 Maryland School Assessment (MSA). On
the 2011 MSA, 97.9 percent of
students achieved proficient or advanced in both reading and mathematics, with
nearly half – 42.6 percent in reading and 49 percent in math – attaining
The school opened in the fall of 2005 with the vision of “Educating
Children Beyond Expectations” through dedicated teaching and committed parents.
Its faculty includes eight National Board Certified Teachers.
“I promised my students and staff that we would bring home a
National Blue Ribbon Award this fall,” said Campbell. “We appreciate everyone’s
support in helping us to achieve this honor.”
In addition to Whitehall Elementary, the Maryland State
Department of Education named five schools from Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Harford,
Montgomery and Worcester counties as state Blue Ribbon Award winners last
spring. All six schools received the national award.
“All six of these schools stand as shining examples of
Maryland public education, and we’re proud to share their work with the rest of
the nation,” said Maryland State Superintendent Lillian M. Lowery. “Maryland’s
National Blue Ribbon Schools exemplify outstanding teaching and learning. We
congratulate the students, teachers, administrators, parents, and community
members of these outstanding schools. It takes cooperation and hard work to win
this coveted award.”
Duncan recognized 269 schools this year based on overall
academic excellence or for making progress in student achievement levels. The
schools will be honored at a recognition ceremony on Nov. 12-13 in Washington,
D.C. Nearly 7,000 schools nationwide have received Blue Ribbon Awards in the
program’s 30-year history.