OSWEGO HIGH SCHOOL DESIGNATED AS A 2011 NATIONAL BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL
by Roberta Brightman
The U.S. Department of Education named Oswego High School as one of 304 schools to receive the 2011 National Blue Ribbon Award based on their overall academic excellence or for their success in closing achievement gaps. The Department will honor the entire 255 public and 49 private schools with their National Blue Ribbon School awards at a conference and awards ceremony Nov. 14-15 in Washington, D.C. Math teacher, Mrs. Jennifer Schenker, English Teacher, Mrs. Cathy Campbell, and Principal, Mrs. Cynthia Sanders, will travel to Washington D.C. to accept the award on behalf of the school.
“America’s long-term economic prosperity and civic engagement depends on our children receiving a world-class education,” Duncan said. “National Blue Ribbon Schools are committed to accelerating student achievement and preparing students for success in college and careers. Their success is an example for others to follow.”
The National Blue Ribbon School award honors public and private elementary, middle and high schools where students achieve at high levels or where the achievement gap is narrowing. Since 1982, more than 6,500 of America’s schools have received this coveted award.
Before selecting National Blue Ribbon Schools, the Department asks for nominations from the top education official in every state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, the Department of Defense Education Activity and the Bureau of Indian Education. The Council for American Private Education (CAPE) nominates private schools. A total of 413 schools nationwide are nominated, based on the number of K-12 students and the number of schools in each jurisdiction. The schools are invited by the Secretary of Education to submit an application for possible recognition as a National Blue Ribbon School.
A list of the 2011 National Blue Ribbon Schools is available at