Local School Honored With Prestigious Award

By: Summer Knowles
By: Summer Knowles

October 11, 2005

Charlottesville Catholic School made history as they became the first school in the area to receive the U.S. Department of Education's '2005 No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon Award.' The award is an honor not just for local students, but parents as well.

"It's exhilarating. It's...so exciting to see this happen," said 8th grader Samantha Yin.

Less than 300 schools across the nation were recipients of this year's Blue Ribbon Award and Charlottesville Catholic School is one of nine in Virginia to make the cut.

"It's just an honor to be recognized for all the efforts that so many people put in over the last ten years," said parent Patty Gazewood.

"We're very excited to be given this prestigious award," said Alan Yost, Principal of Charlottesville Catholic School.

The award recognizes CCS's high student achievement and academic results in the top 10 percent of all private and public schools across the country.

"It's very prestigious because from my understanding, in doing my research, Blue Ribbon Schools have been issued since 1982 and to the best of my knowledge, Charlottesville is the only Blue Ribbon school in the entire Charlottesville area, so it's a real honor," said Jay Moyer of the U.S. Department of Education.

In less than ten years CCS has grown from a K-2nd grade school with only 32 students to a preschool, elementary and middle school with more than 350 students.

The school prides itself on rigorous academic standards while maintaining a strong focus on character development.

"It's a community effort here, and it really is nice to be recognized for all the hard work that's gone into the academics and the faith building of the students here at Charlottesville Catholic," said Yost.

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