Rock Quarry Elementary School received the recognition, which is based on a school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.
RQES's status as an "exemplary high performing school" is noted because of the school's commitment unwavering to high-quality teaching and learning and to students. Principal Laura Jockisch said she is proud of the RQES staff.
"I'm excited for my teachers. They have worked really hard. They have tried new ideas. They have put a lot of work in and it feels really really good to know that they are going to be recognized for the hard work that they've done," said Jockisch. "I am extremely proud to be a part of the Tuscaloosa City Schools and it's nice to be recognized in a positive way for our community, for our teachers and students."
“I'm pleased to celebrate with you as your school is named a National Blue Ribbon School,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos in a video message to the honorees. “We recognize and honor your important work in preparing students for successful careers and meaningful lives. Congratulations on your students' accomplishments and for your extraordinary commitment to meeting their unique needs.”
The coveted National Blue Ribbon Schools award affirms the hard work of educators, families and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content.
Superintendent Mike Daria applauded the school's emphasis on meeting the core mission through attention to detail.
"Every day is focused on student learning and high expectations for teaching and learning," he said.
The other Alabama schools recognized as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2018 are Arab Elementary School, Athens Elementary School, Liberty Park Middle School in Vestavia Hills, and Mountain Brook Elementary School.
On November 7 and 8, the Secretary and the Department of Education will celebrate with all honorees at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.