Receiving the 2014 National Blue Ribbon award are NFA teacher, Chuck Seaton (on left) and Sr. Mary Helen Beirne, SSJ, NFA Head of School (on right) at the recent National Blue Ribbon Schools awards ceremony in Washington DC.

Receiving the 2014 National Blue Ribbon award are NFA teacher, Chuck Seaton (on left) and Sr. Mary Helen Beirne, SSJ, NFA Head of School (on right) at the recent National Blue Ribbon Schools awards ceremony in Washington DC.

Norwood-Fontbonne Academy (NFA) was among 340 schools honored by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan at the 2014 National Blue Ribbon Schools award luncheon held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 11.

The award recognizes public and private schools based on their overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.

NFA has specifically been recognized as an exemplary performing school where students have placed in the top 15 percent nationally in English language arts and mathematics as measured by national or state tests.

The schools – 290 public and 50 private – are among nearly 7,900 schools that have received the coveted award over the past 32 years.

“These great schools are fulfilling the promise of American education – that all students, no matter their ZIP code, can flourish when schools provide safe, creative, and challenging learning environments,” Secretary Duncan said. “National Blue Ribbon Schools are models of consistent excellence and a resource for other schools and districts. We celebrate them for their tireless effort and boundless creativity in reaching and teaching every student.”

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