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Vol. 45, No. 24

April 5, 2011

8 Elementary Schools Earn “Gold Star” Honors

Eight high-performing elementary schools have been honored as Missouri’s “Gold Star Schools” for 2011, state education officials announced today. The selected schools are:

Bakersfield Elementary School
Bakersfield R-IV School District
Bakersfield, Mo.

Kirbyville Elementary School
Kirbyville R-VI School District
Kirbyville, Mo.

Center Elementary School
Ralls R-II School District
Center, Mo.

Ridge Meadows Elementary School
Rockwood R-VI School District
Ellisville, Mo.

Crestwood Elementary School
Lindbergh School District
St. Louis, Mo.

Roosevelt Elementary School
Farmington School District
Farmington, Mo.

Franklin Elementary School
Liberty School District
Liberty, Mo.

W.W. Keysor Elementary School
Kirkwood R-VII School District
Kirkwood, Mo.

“These eight exceptional elementary schools have met a high bar of excellence, and it is our honor to recognize them statewide,” said Commissioner of Education Chris L. Nicastro. “This achievement is a credit to the students, parents and staff who have dedicated themselves to excellence in education.”

Established by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in 1991, the Gold Star program is designed to identify schools that are performing at a high level academically or making exceptional progress while serving a significant proportion of disadvantaged students. The state application requires schools to provide evidence of their success in such areas as curriculum, instruction and school leadership.

Recipients of the state’s Gold Star program may be eligible for the national Blue Ribbon Award pending results of this year’s state assessments. Blue Ribbon recognition will be announced this fall by the U.S. Department of Education.