CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - Blanchard Elementary is one of ten Missouri schools to be recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
The school was named a 2015 National Blue Ribbon School for its academic excellence or progress in closing achievement gap among student subgroups.
In all, the Department of Education will honor 285 public and 50 private schools from across the country.
The National Blue Ribbon program bestows a plaque to each school commending it for creating a safe, welcoming environment where students master challenging subjects.
The program honors public and private elementary, middle, and high schools.
The ten schools to be honored in Missouri are: Barbara Blanchard Elementary in Cape; Kennard Classic Junior Academy in St. Louis; Ladue Middle School in St. Louis; McKelvey Elementary School in Maryland Heights; Nerinx Hall High School in Webster Groves; New Haven High School in New Haven; Parkway West Middle School in Chesterfield; Ralph M. Captain Elementary School in Clayton; St. Louis University High School and; Truman Middle School in St. Louis.
These schools will be recognized for their achievements during a ceremony on Nov. 9 to 10 in Washington, D.C.
Blanchard celebrated the award with an assembly on Wednesday, Sept. 30.