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Two NHA Schools Earn National Blue Ribbon School Honor

NHA Communications Team  |  September 19, 2023
Cross Creek Charter Academy in Byron Center, Michigan and Greensboro Academy in Greensboro, North Carolina have both been recognized as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2023, the U.S. Department of Education announced on Tuesday, Sept. 19. Both schools excel in their communities, with Cross Creek outperforming the local district for 13 years, and Greensboro outperforming the local district for the past 15 years.

“I am excited to highlight the great things our teachers, students, and families have accomplished,” said Cross Creek Principal Joe Nieuwkoop. “The Cross Creek community is a special place, and the recognition is well deserved. Our teachers and staff are the best and they deserve to be celebrated.”
Said Greensboro Principal Tracey Duhaime: “It is truly the people that make our school such a special place to learn and to work. The families are involved and supportive of the staff and teachers, and the students are held to high expectations and are cared for by their teachers.
“Our teachers are some of the hardest working people I have ever met. They are dedicated, driven, and committed to the success of the students and of the school. We work together to not only educate our students but lead them in building character and kindness so they can make a positive impact on the world and those around them.”
Both Cross Creek and Greensboro were identified as Exemplary High Performing Schools, which means they are among the state's highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally recognized tests. Cross Creek is one of 11 elementary schools in Michigan to receive this distinction in 2023 out of 353 nationwide; Greensboro is one of eight schools in North Carolina.
The National Blue Ribbon Schools program began in 1982 and is given out to public and non-public schools through a nomination process based on student performance on state assessments in reading (ELA) and math, or a composite of performance on these assessments. Other student performance measures such as student growth on state assessments, performance in other subjects on state assessments, and graduation rates are also taken into account.
This year marks the 40th year that the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has recognized more than 9,000 schools across the country. Schools may be nominated once within a five-year period.
Both principals will attend a ceremony Thursday, Nov. 16 and Friday, Nov. 17, 2023 in Washington, D.C.
Congratulations, Cross Creek and Greensboro!

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