Congratulations to Oak Point Elementary School, which has been recognized by the United States Department of Education as a 2023 National Blue Ribbon School! This prestigious recognition awards schools for closing achievement gaps among student groups on assessments, helping each child find success in school and beyond. Oak Point is one of only 353 schools nationwide and one of nine in Minnesota to be recognized.
“The honorees for our 2023 National Blue Ribbon Schools Award have set a national example for what it means to Raise the Bar in education,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona. “We take tremendous pride in the achievements of these schools and their commitment to empowering educators, serving students, and engaging families.”
Oak Point was named an Exemplary High Performing School, one of the state’s highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests.
“This is a tremendous honor, and an acknowledgement of the brilliance of our students, the commitment of our staff, and the power of the Oak Point community,” said Eden Prairie Schools Superintendent Dr. Josh Swanson. “In our schools, each student is inspired every day — and this prestigious recognition is a testament to our mission and our commitment to academic success for each and every student.”
“I truly believe at the heart of Oak Point’s success is our shared belief that ‘There’s No Place Like Oak Point.’ This isn’t simply a phrase on a t-shirt, but rather a driving force seen in each facet of our school’s work,” said Oak Point Principal Dr. Chris Rogers. “From our vision, which focuses on actively engaging and valuing each member of our school community, to our student-centered instructional practices, we are defining what it means to inspire each student.”
While awardee schools represent the diverse fabric of American schools, they also share some core elements. National Blue Ribbon School leaders articulate a vision of excellence and hold everyone to high standards. They demonstrate effective and innovative teaching and learning, and value and support teachers and staff through meaningful professional learning. Data from many sources are used to drive instruction and every student strives for success. Families, communities, and educators work together toward common goals.
We are proud to have a 2023 National Blue Ribbon school in our ranks, serving as a model of effective and innovative school practices for state and district educators and other schools throughout the nation!