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Gallimore Elementary Named a National Blue Ribbon School by U.S. Department of Education

P-CCS elementary is one of 342 schools nationwide to receive honor

Post Date:09/29/2017 8:45 AM
  • School NameGallimore Elementary

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today (Thursday, September 28) recognized Gallimore Elementary School of the Plymouth-Canton Community Schools district as one of 342 schools to be named National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2017. The recognition is based on a school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.

“National Blue Ribbon Schools are active demonstrations of preparing every child for a bright future,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to the honorees. “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 marks the second year in a row that a P-CCS school has been given this honor, as Dodson Elementary School, led by Principal April Quasarano, was named a National Blue Ribbon School in Fall, 2016.


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.

This coveted award affirms the hard work of educators, families and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content.

"P-CCS is incredibly proud of Gallimore Elementary School, its students, staff, and the entire Gallimore community, for the incredible honor of being named a National Blue Ribbon School," said P-CCS Superintendent of Schools Monica L. Merritt. "We commend the passionate Gallimore staff for working every day to elevate our students to excellence, shining as a school where all students learn, prepare, and thrive."

“It is an absolute privilege to lead the Gallimore Community, and we are truly honored by this recognition,” said Aimee Bell, Principal at Gallimore Elementary School. “Our involved school community is so focused on student learning and achievement, and success at Gallimore is truly a team effort between our students, our staff, and our families.

“The support of our school community is a vital part of the success of our students, and we are grateful for the team effort that has led to this esteemed award.”


Now in its 35th year, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed recognition on more than 8,500 schools. On Nov. 6-7, the Secretary and the Department of Education will celebrate with these honorees at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.

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.

· 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 (CAPE).

For media inquiries, contact P-CCS Director of Communications Nick Brandon at 734.416.2755 or