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Good Hope Middle School in the Cumberland Valley School District has been selected as one of 342 schools from across the country to receive the 2017 National Blue Ribbon Award for Excellence.

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced this year’s recipients in a news release Thursday.

“National Blue Ribbon Schools are active demonstrations of preparing every child for a bright future,” DeVos said in the release. “You are visionaries, innovators and leaders. You have much to teach us: Some of you personalize student learning, others engage parents and communities in the work and life of your local schools and still others develop strong and forward-thinking leaders from among your teaching staff.”

“This is a huge honor for our school, and a great tribute to the amazing, creative, hard-working, and supportive students, staff, administrators, parents and community members that have made Good Hope such a special place in which to learn and grow,” Good Hope Principal Jeff Hosenfeld said.

Good Hope, which has 1,175 students in grades six through eight, is located at 451 Skyport Road. The school is one of 18 designated schools from Pennsylvania and one of only two middle schools from the state to receive the designation this year.

The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private elementary, middle and high schools where students achieve very high learning standards or are making notable improvements in closing the achievement gap.

All schools are honored in one of two performance categories, based on all student scores, subgroup student scores and graduation rates:

Exemplary High Performing Schools are among their state’s highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests. Good Hope qualified in this category.

Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing Schools are among their state’s highest performing schools in closing achievement gaps between a school’s subgroups and all students over the past five years. Up to 420 schools may be nominated each year.

The department invites National Blue Ribbon School nominations from the top education official in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Department of Defense Education Activity and the Bureau of Indian Education. Private schools are nominated by the Council for American Private Education.

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