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WAHS Earns Coveted National Blue Ribbon School Award for 2023

West Allegheny High School Earns Coveted National Blue Ribbon School Award for 2023

The U.S. Department of Education has recognized West Allegheny High School as a coveted National Blue Ribbon School awardee for 2023 for the school’s overall academic performance.
“We are extremely honored and ecstatic to have earned the National Blue Ribbon School Award in 2023 for our High School,” stated Dr. Jerri Lynn Lippert, Superintendent.  “Our High School joins Donaldson Elementary as a National Blue Ribbon School, awarded in 2014, also for exemplary high performance.  Designated as a NBR exemplary high-performing high school is a testament to the unwavering hard work and commitment to excellence of our students, staff, and families.  A special thank you to our board of directors for their leadership and support of our teachers and administrators.  Our high school continues to be a point of pride for our community and reflects the tradition of academic excellence embodied at our middle school and three elementary schools.  Earning a National Blue Ribbon School Award is the highest of honors and the most nationally prestigious recognition a school can earn.  We are incredibly proud to be a national beacon of excellence in education.” 
With its 40th cohort, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed approximately 10,000 awards to more than 9,700 schools. The National Blue Ribbon School Award affirms and validates the hard work of students, educators, families, and communities in striving for – and attaining – exemplary achievement. National Blue Ribbon Schools represent the full diversity of American schools and serve students of every background.
“The honorees for our 2023 National Blue Ribbon Schools Award have set a national example for what it means to Raise the Bar in education,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona. “The leaders, educators, and staff at our National Blue Ribbon Schools continually inspire me with their dedication to fostering academic excellence and building positive school cultures that support students of all backgrounds to thrive academically, socially, and emotionally. We take tremendous pride in the achievements of these schools and their commitment to empowering educators, serving students, and engaging families.”

While awardee schools represent the diverse fabric of American schools, they also share some core elements. National Blue Ribbon School leaders articulate a vision of excellence and hold everyone to high standards. They demonstrate effective and innovative teaching and learning, and the schools value and support teachers and staff through meaningful professional learning. Data from many sources are used to drive instruction and every student strives for success. Families, communities, and educators work together toward common goals.

“It is an honor for West Allegheny High School to receive the prestigious National Blue Ribbon School Award,” added Dr. Cheryl McHone, High School Principal.  “This recognition speaks to the work of our school community, founded on a tradition of excellence, that creates a safe and supportive learning environment fostering success for all students. I am especially proud of our students and staff as their collaboration, tenacity, and dedication to academic excellence for all has earned this distinction.”

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