The U.S. Department of Education has recognized Roesland Elementary School in the Shawnee Mission School District as a National Blue Ribbon School for 2023. This recognition is based on a school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student groups on assessments.
Only 353 schools in the United States received the recognition this year. Roesland is one of four schools in Kansas to be named a National Blue Ribbon School.
The National Blue Ribbon School award affirms and validates the hard work of students, educators, families, and communities in striving for and attaining exemplary achievement, noted a release from the U.S. Department of Education.
“I am tremendously proud of Roesland Elementary School,” expressed Principal Kelly Swift. “I am so fortunate to be in a position to see how our staff, families, and students work together to achieve success every day. I am thrilled that the extraordinary qualities that make our school such a wonderful place to learn are being recognized at the national level.”
Roesland is honored as “An Exemplary High Performing School” This recognition is presented to schools that are among their state’s highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests.
Roesland serves more than 350 students in Roeland Park, Kansas. The school has served students since opening as a one-room schoolhouse in 1873. The school previously earned a Blue Ribbon Award in the 1993-1994 school year.
“This is absolutely something to celebrate across our entire Shawnee Mission community,” Superintendent Dr. Michelle Hubbard shared. “This award considers many aspects of the school including student engagement, culture, and academics. Roesland’s excellence in every area shines through. We are so proud of Roesland and all of the work students, families, and staff have done to ensure high levels of learning for every student daily and an overall outstanding student experience.”
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program. It is presented with the goal of shining a spotlight on the best schools in the United States and sharing best practices of outstanding schools across the country, according to the National Blue Ribbon Schools website.