STISD’s South Texas Preparatory Academy Nominated for 2015 National Blue Ribbon Recognition
South Texas Independent School District’s (STISD) South Texas Preparatory Academy (STPA) in Edinburg is one of 26 schools in Texas and three schools in the Rio Grande Valley to be nominated for the 2015 National Blue Ribbon Schools recognition.
The program was founded in 1982, and it is the highest honor the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) can bestow upon a school. The national Blue Ribbon Schools program recognizes public and private elementary, middle, and high schools based on their overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.
All schools nominated for the 2015 honor were selected as exemplary high performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests. Each school has an economically disadvantaged population of 25 percent or greater.
STPA Principal Ana Castro said it was an honor and a privilege to be considered for such a prestigious nomination.
“Our students and staff work diligently throughout the year, and it is rewarding to see their efforts and dedication recognized,” said Castro.
All school nominated for the award must now complete a rigorous application process through the DOE. Announcements of the national award winners will be made in September 2015, and schools that receive the award will be recognized at the Blue Ribbon School Conference in Washington, D.C.
STPA serves students in grades 7 and 8 and prepares them for the rigor of high school, helping them more easily transition into one of STISD’s four high schools