September 29, 2015 – Trinity Lutheran School (TLS) is very proud to be recognized as a 2015 Department of Education Blue Ribbon School. This distinguished award from the United States Department of Education highlights TLS as being an exemplary, high-performing school with student achievement in the top 15% nationwide in math and reading.
The Department of Education invites National Blue Ribbon School nominations from the top education official in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and the Bureau of Indian Education. The Council for American Private Education (CAPE) nominates private schools. A total of 420 schools nationwide may be nominated, with allocations determined by the numbers of K-12 students and schools in each jurisdiction. The U.S. Secretary of Education invites nominated schools to submit an application for possible recognition as a National Blue Ribbon School.
“This award is a shining example of the high-achieving students, talented and hard-working teachers, and supportive families at TLS,” said Kevin Goetz, Head of School at TLS. “This prestigious award coupled with our distinction of being the only private school in Hampton Roads to offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) program further cements Trinity Lutheran School’s stellar academic credentials as a leader not only across the state, but across the nation.”
The Blue Ribbon recognition is added to TLS’s growing list of accreditations and affiliations:
- AdvancEd – the world’s largest education community accredited TLS in 2014
- International Baccalaureate (IB) – May 2013 saw TLS receive authorization as an IB World school offering the Primary Years Programme
- Preschool Partners of Virginia – TLS’s preschool has a consistent 4-star rating
- Hampton Roads Magazine – “Best of the 757” winner
Dr. Jacob Wessler, Chair of the Board of Trustees at TLS, echoed Mr. Goetz’s comments saying “we are so lucky to have such a strong faculty and staff at Trinity. It is their hard work and dedication that led to this national recognition. I cannot wait to see where Trinity goes from here.”
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