Merrol Hyde Magnet School is one of six Tennessee schools soon to be honored by the Department of Education after receiving the coveted 2012 National Blue Ribbon Schools award.
The award honors public and private elementary, middle, and high schools where students perform at very high levels or where significant improvements are being made in students' levels of achievement.
Schools are recognized in one of two performance categories. The first category is "Exemplary High Performing," in which schools are recognized among their state's highest performing schools.
"Exemplary Improving" is the second category in which schools that have at least 40 percent of their students from disadvantaged backgrounds demonstrate the most progress in improving student achievement levels as measured by state assessments or national tests.
MHMS Principal Brad Schreiner says winning was about more than good test scores, "We've maintained a high level of excellence because of strong teachers, involved parents, and committed students."
Schreiner adds, "Once our scores were noticed, there were site visits, interviews with faculty, additional research by our teachers, and a review of our data and application from a community-based, external team. By the time we start flying that Blue Ribbon flag in November, it will have been nearly a year since the whole process started."
Merroll Hyde was recognized by U.S. News and World Report as one of the country's top 100 high schools in May. MHMS was also named as one of 169 Tennessee Reward Schools by the Tennessee Department of Education in August.
Merrol Hyde Magnet School is a K-12 academic magnet school located in Hendersonville, Tennessee.
Five other Tennessee schools receiving the 2012 National Blue Ribbon Schools award include: Cascade Elementary School in Bedford County, The Discovery School at Reeves Rogers Elementary School in Murfreesboro, E.E. Jeter Elementary School in Shelby County, Glenwood Elementary School in Oak Ridge, and John Hay Elementary School in Hamblen County.
The U.S. Department of Education is expected to honor 219 public and 50 private schools at a special recognition ceremony in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 12-13.
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