Atlanta Elementary Named 2021 National Blue Ribbon School

    U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona recognized 325 schools this week as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2021, including 26 schools in Texas.

    Atlanta ISD Superintendent Sidney Harrist is honored to announce that Atlanta Elementary School has been named a 2021 National Blue Ribbon School by the United States Department of Education.

    “Atlanta ISD strives to be the school of choice. Winning the National Blue Ribbon Award by Atlanta Elementary is another example of Rabbit Pride in action. We are fortunate to serve a community that bleeds maroon and provides all we need to make our students excel in both academic and extracurricular areas,” said Harrist. “Principal Dena McCord and her staff are expert educators who work hard to cultivate relationships with students and families that last far beyond the elementary school experience. Our school leaders and staff instill a love of learning through connected relationships, powerful instruction, and strong support systems.”

    Initiated by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) in 1982, the National Blue Ribbon Schools program recognizes public and private elementary, middle, and high schools that have high student achievement and highlights where exemplary progress has been made in closing achievement gaps among student subpopulations.

    “This year’s cohort of honorees demonstrates what is possible when committed educators and school leaders create vibrant, welcoming, and affirming school cultures where rich teaching and learning can flourish,” said USDE Secretary Miguel Cardona. “I commend this school and all our Blue Ribbon honorees for working to keep students healthy and safe while meeting their academic, social, emotional, and mental health needs. In the face of unprecedented circumstances, you found creative ways to engage, care for, protect, and teach our children. Blue Ribbon Schools have so much to offer and can serve as a model for other schools and communities so that we can truly build back better.”

    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. Now in its 39th year, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed approximately 10,000 awards to more than 9,000 schools.

    To view Atlanta Elementary School’s profile on the National Blue Ribbon Website, please visit:

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