Eastern Carver County School (ECCS) District’s Chanhassen Elementary School was one of 353 schools recognized nationwide as a National Blue Ribbon School for 2023. Nine schools in Minnesota received the honor this year. The recognition is based on a school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student groups on assessments. Only 202 schools from Minnesota have been awarded this prestigious recognition since the program started in 1983. This is the first time an ECCS school has received the award.
“This award is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the entire Chanhassen Elementary School team,” ECCS Superintendent Dr. Lisa Sayles-Adams said. “I am so proud of our students, staff, and families for the work they have done in and out of the classroom to support student success. Their strategic and data-driven student-centered approach has moved the needle for all our students while closing achievement gaps.”
While awardee schools represent the diverse fabric of American schools, they also share some core elements. National Blue Ribbon School leaders articulate a vision of excellence and hold everyone to high standards. They demonstrate effective and innovative teaching and learning, and the schools value and support teachers and staff through meaningful professional learning. Data from many sources are used to drive instruction and every student strives for success. Families, communities, and educators work together toward common goals.
“Chanhassen Elementary is a truly special place,” principal Greg Lange said. “Every child matters, and I am grateful that our staff, students, and community are being recognized for our commitment to making sure our learners have the tools to succeed.”
National Blue Ribbon Schools serve as models of effective and innovative school practices for state and district educators and other schools throughout the nation. A National Blue Ribbon School flag gracing a school’s entryway or on a flagpole is a widely recognized symbol of exemplary teaching and learning.
The school will be formally recognized in a ceremony in Washington, D.C. in mid-November and an all-school celebration will be planned for shortly afterward.