Gov. Parson and First Lady of Missouri celebrate FHMS for earning National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence

Posted on 03/01/2022
Governor Parson
Missouri Governor Mike Parson and First Lady Teresa Parson visited Francis Howell Middle School Tuesday to celebrate the school’s success. The U.S. Department of Education named FHMS as a 2021 National Blue Ribbon School. This recognition is given annually to select schools across the nation for demonstrating overall high achievement or success in closing achievement gaps.

This is the District’s fifth school to earn this prestigious honor in the past three years. In 2019, Becky-David Elementary, Daniel Boone Elementary, and Warren Elementary were named National Blue Ribbon Schools joining Francis Howell High in 2020.

Being named a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence is one of the greatest honors that can be bestowed upon a school in the country. 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. 

The National Blue Ribbon Schools program recognizes individual schools for either their outstanding academic achievement (top 15 percent in the state based on English and mathematics assessment scores and graduation rates) or their performance at high academic levels while serving a significant proportion of disadvantaged students.

“Very few schools in the state of Missouri get these awards. You’re one of the ones that did. And you did because of dedication,” said Governor Parson. “That’s why I’m here to celebrate with you.”

In 2021, FHMS was also honored as a Missouri Gold Star School, a program established by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in 1991. They were then nominated for the National Blue Ribbon Schools program, which shares the same nomination criteria as the Gold Star Schools award.

Only 325 schools in the United States were recognized as National Blue Ribbon Schools in the latest awards cycle; to put it into perspective, there are over 130,000 schools in the United States and Francis Howell Middle School is 1 of only 8 schools in the state of Missouri to receive this prestigious honor.

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