FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Fairfield’s Dwight Elementary School earned its place among the best schools in the country Friday. Dwight is one of the U.S. Department of Education’s Blue Ribbon Schools for 2012.
The Department of Education names Blue Ribbon Schools each year for either “overall academic excellence” or a dramatic improvement in student achievement. Dwight was in the first category, named as an “Exemplary High Performing” school for 2012.
"Schools honored with the National Blue Ribbon Schools award are committed to accelerating student achievement and preparing students for success in college and careers,” Education Secretary Arne Duncan said in a press release Friday. “Their work reflects the conviction that every child has promise and that education is the surest pathway to a strong, secure future."
Dwight’s leaders will be honored in a November ceremony in Washington, D.C. along with the other winners nationwide. They also will get permission to use the National Blue Ribbon Logo on banners and other materials promoting the recognition.
This year, 269 schools across the country received the honor, including eight from Connecticut. Dwight is one of just five Fairfield schools to win Blue Ribbon status since the program began in 1982, and one of only two public schools in town to win the award. Stratfield School was named a Blue Ribbon School twice, most recently in 1994. Fairfield Prep, Notre Dame High School and St. Thomas Aquinas School also have won the award.