The U.S. Department of Education has announced that University High School is one of four schools in the state to be named 2016 National Blue Ribbon Schools.
This prestigious national award is administered annually by the U.S. Department of Education to spotlight public and private elementary, middle, and high schools across the nation as National Blue Ribbon Schools for their overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.
University High School was chosen for overall academic excellence for the second time this decade. It was a 2005 Blue Ribbon School as well, said Principal Amy Cislak.
"We are thrilled with this recognition. It is exciting that the hard work and passion that our students, staff, faculty, parents and community bring to UHS is rewarded with a distinction such as this," she said. "The National Blue Ribbon recognition program looks not only at school data, but the culture and community that a school has created. I am proud every day that the culture and community of UHS invites students to be academically focused, hardworking and creative."
The other schools in the state to receive the honor are Fuller Elementary School in Tempe, Vista Del Sur Traditional School in Laveen and Jack Barnes Elementary School in Queen Creek. These schools are among 279 public and 50 private schools that will be recognized at a ceremony in Arlington, Virginia on Nov. 7 and Nov. 8.
"I am honored to congratulate these four outstanding schools who received the honorable National Blue Ribbon School award for their exemplary high performance," said Superintendent Douglas. "This great accomplishment highlights the hard work and dedication of both students and staff to ensure the highest levels of academic achievement. These schools embody what is great about education in Arizona."
UHS is the third Tucson Unified school to currently hold the Blue Ribbon distinction. Sabino High School was recognized in 2013, and Drachman Montessori Magnet was named a Blue Ribbon school in 2015.
For additional information, please visit www.ed.gov/nationalblueribbonschools.