ADHUS Named Only 2018 National 'Blue Ribbon' School in PBC

Blue Ribbon event

From left to right, Sherry Bees, principal/director of A.D. Henderson University School and FAU High School; Joel Herbst, Ed.D., superintendent of FAU PK-12 schools and educational programs; FAU President John Kelly; and Anthony Barbar, chair of FAU Board of Trustees. (Photo by Alex Dolce)

By brittany sylvestri | 12/12/2018

Florida Atlantic University’s A.D. Henderson University School (ADHUS) unveiled its National Blue Ribbon distinction awarded by the U.S. Department of Education at an announcement ceremony today.

Leadership from FAU and ADHUS, along with the entire ADHUS’ student body, Boca Raton City Council members and others, gathered for the official unveiling of the Blue Ribbon seal.

The event celebrated the school’s recognition as an exemplary high performing school based on overall academic performance. ADHUS was one of 12 schools in Florida to be named a National Blue Ribbon School.

“It is exciting to see our community and school body unite to celebrate such a prestigious award,” said Sherry Bees, principal/director of A.D. Henderson University School and FAU High School. “Celebrating our success as a school community and family is what the National Blue Ribbon Schools Award is all about – bringing public attention to the best schools in the United States and to facilitate communication and sharing of best practices within and among schools.”

The coveted National Blue Ribbon Schools award affirms the hard work of educators, families and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content. ADHUS is a Title 1, K- 12 public laboratory school under the auspices of the State University System of Florida as part of FAU’s College of Education.

The chief state school officer of Florida nominated ADHUS for this national recognition. At least one-third of public schools nominated in each state must have student populations of at least 40 percent of students from disadvantaged backgrounds, and all of the schools must also meet the state’s annual measurable performance targets.

Now in its 36th year, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed recognition on more than 8,800 schools. U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, along with other members of the Department of Education celebrated with honorees at an awards ceremony in November in Washington, D.C.

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