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Alexander D. Henderson University School and FAU High School Nominated to Join the Community of National Blue Ribbon Schools

BOCA RATON, Fla. (March 4, 2014) – Florida Atlantic University’s A.D. Henderson University School and FAU High School have been nominated to join the esteemed community of National Blue Ribbon Schools.

“The FAU community is proud of the accomplishments of A.D. Henderson University School/FAU High School. This nomination is an honor and a recognition of the dedicated teamwork involving children, parents, teachers, teaching assistants, administrators, staff, and FAU’s College of Education faculty who all help Henderson/FAU High and other Florida schools to grow to their fullest potential,” said Valerie J. Bristor, dean of FAU’s College of Education and superintendent of A.D. Henderson/FAU High.  

A.D. Henderson University School/FAU High School was nominated as a 2014 National Blue Ribbon School in the “Exemplary HighPerforming” category. Schools recognized in this category must be among the state’s highest performing schools, as measured by state assessments or nationally-normed tests.

One-third of the public schools nominated by each state must have enrollments that include at least 40 percent of their students from disadvantaged backgrounds. In addition, all nominated public schools must meet the state’s Annual Measurable Objectives (AMOs) or make Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) in each of the two years prior to nomination and must do the same for the year in which they are nominated.

National Blue Ribbon Schools are public and private elementary, middle, and high schools that are producing outstanding results for all students. They have demonstrated consistent excellence, and made progress in closing gaps in student achievement. The National Blue Ribbon Schools recognition program is part of a larger U. S. Department of Education effort to identify and disseminate knowledge about effective school leadership and promising instructional practices.

A. D. Henderson University School and FAU High School together make up a K-12 laboratory school housed under the College of Education on the campus of FAU in Boca Raton. Kindergarten through eighth grade students enroll through a lottery system. Students enjoy small classes, an outstanding academic program, access to a variety of extracurricular activities, as well as an after-school program.

FAU High is a dual-enrollment high school on FAU’s Boca Raton campus. Typically, FAU High students graduate with three years of college credits, although some students exit with a bachelor’s degree. A.D. Henderson University School/FAU High School has been rated an “A” school by the Florida Department of Education for the last 12 years.

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