Crabapple Crossing Elementary School in Milton was selected one of only 269 schools nationwide to be named a 2012 National Blue Ribbon School. The distinction is based on the school’s overall academic excellence, honoring schools where students perform at very high levels or where significant improvements in achievement are being made.
A two-time winner of the Georgia School of Excellence distinction (2010 and 2004), Crabapple Crossing had set a goal to become a national winner by 2013. School officials were pleased to have earned the honor one year ahead of their goal.
“We are so excited and truly honored to be recognized on the national level,” said Crabapple Crossing Principal George Freiberger. “Everything starts with teachers and students in the classroom, and it shows in the performance of the kids. Ultimately, having a dedicated staff, empowered students, active parents and a supportive community contributed to our success.”
Freiberger, who has been the principal of Crabapple Crossing for three years, also credits the school’s “Team Time” for creating a culture of connection and excellence. Three years ago, the school implemented a program to start the day with 15-minute classroom meetings where students and teachers could interact on a higher level.
“It’s important for teachers to connect with students, to show them that they care, before expecting them to perform well,” he said. “This really changed the culture of our school in such a way that it blended teamwork between students and teachers, parents and the administration.”
Crabapple Crossing Elementary will be honored at a recognition ceremony Nov. 12-13 in Washington, D.C.
Fulton School Superintendent Robert Avossa welcomed Crabapple Crossing into the elite group of local schools honored at the national level.
“Crabapple Crossing embodies the Fulton County Schools motto – ‘Where Students Come First,’” said Avossa. “Everything they do focuses on how to help students be successful and become engaged in their learning. Being named a National Blue Ribbon School is an honor for them and also for the Fulton County School System.”
The National Blue Ribbon program recognizes schools in one of two performance categories: “Exemplary High Performing,” measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests; and “Exemplary Improving,” measured by improvements in student achievement in schools with high numbers of economically disadvantaged students.
Source: Alpharetta Revue & News