Brooks DeBartolo High gets national 'Blue Ribbon' recognition
Ten Florida schools, including one high school in Hillsborough County, were recognized Tuesday as National Blue Ribbon Schools by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.
Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate High School, a charter school in Tampa, will be honored at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. Nov. 9-10. Founded in 2007, the school has a maximum capacity for 600 students in grades 9-12. About 36 percent of students qualify for free or reduced-price meals. See the school's Blue Ribbon application here.
Every year, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes public and private elementary, middle and high schools around the country for achieving high learning standards or making strides to close achievement gaps. More than 8,000 schools have received the award since 1982.
Out of 335 selected schools, all ten Florida schools were recognized for high performance measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests. According to the award benchmarks, these schools demonstrate strong performance among minority students and high graduation rates.