September 22, 2023
Granville Middle School (GMS), part of the Granville Exempted Village School District, has been designated as an Exemplary High Performing National Blue Ribbon School for the year 2023 by the United States Department of Education.
This prestigious award, presented annually, celebrates the outstanding achievements of schools across the nation. Being named a National Blue Ribbon School is a testament to the dedication, hard work, and unwavering commitment of our students, staff, parents, and the entire Granville community. GMS is one of 353 schools in the United States and one of 20 schools in Ohio to be recognized in 2023.
“The Granville community takes great pride in its public schools and realizes the importance of maintaining a high-achieving educational system,” said Superintendent Jeff Brown. “Our current district, and exemplified by GMS, is a focus on student autonomy and well-being supported by our Portrait of a Graduate – composite of our Values, combined with what mindsets, skills and dispositions we want our students to possess after their tenure within our district. Our selection as an Exemplary High-Performing National Blue Ribbon School is a reflection of our ongoing pursuit of academic excellence and the success of our students in the classroom and beyond.”
Added GMS Principal Lisa Sealover-Ormond, “We are grateful for this honor, and we extend our heartfelt appreciation to all students, staff, and Granville Schools’ families for their hard work and commitment to educational excellence.”
The U.S. Department of Education instituted the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program in 1982. Since then, it has already granted over 10,000 awards to more than 9,700 schools. Yearly, there are up to 420 nominees for the program. Nominations come from the top education officials in all states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and the Bureau of Indian Education upon the invitation of the U.S. Department of Education. Private schools on the other hand are nominated by the Council for American Private Education.
The district will celebrate this achievement with students, staff, parents, and community members in the coming weeks. The Department of Education has planned to recognize the school’s success during the awards ceremony on Thursday, November 16, and Friday, November 17, 2023, in Washington, D.C.