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Blue Ribbon Schools: 8 in Maryland Make the List

Eight schools in Maryland earned the honor of being named a National Blue Ribbon school for 2019, the U.S. Department of Education has announced.

According to the Department of Education, being named a Blue Ribbon school “affirms the hard work of educators, families and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content.”

A total of 362 schools earned the title nationwide.

Each school that earns the award is either among the highest performing schools in a state or among the highest performing in closing the achievement gap.

In Maryland, these are the Blue Ribbon schools for 2019:

  • Clarksville Middle School, Clarksville
  • Glenarden Woods Elementary School, Lanham
  • Mount Harmony Elementary School, Owings
  • Ocean City Elementary School, Ocean City
  • Pinewood Elementary School, Timonium
  • St. Joseph Regional Catholic School, Beltsville
  • St. Raphael School, Rockville
  • Urbana High School, Ijamsville

“We recognize and honor your important work in preparing students for successful careers and meaningful lives,” U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos said in a video message to the honorees. “As a National Blue Ribbon School, your school demonstrates what is possible when committed educators hold all students and staff to high standards and create vibrant, innovative cultures of teaching and learning.”

A ceremony honoring the schools will be held in Washington, D.C., in November.

You can see the full list of Blue Ribbon schools for 2019.

To see the story by Feroze Dhanoa and Elizabeth Janney as it originally appeared on, click here

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