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La Joya ISD Jimmy Carter Early College High School Named a U.S. Department of Education 2018 National Blue Ribbon School

La Joya ISD Jimmy Carter Early College High School Named a 

U.S. Department of Education 2018 National Blue Ribbon School


The U.S. Secretary of Education released the names of 349 schools, from across the country, as National Blue Ribbon School for 2018. The recognition is based on a school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. 

Submitted to the USDE: 

“Jimmy Carter Early College High School was founded upon the belief that all students, regardless of socio-economic background, can achieve college success. We guide students through a thoughtfully chosen area of study, accurate course placement, and ultimately an associate's degree. The process is organized, informative, and supportive, designed to focus students on their ultimate goal: to prepare for college, career, and life. Administrators, teachers, and support staff commit to this vision, as do students. 

To prepare students academically, The Common Instructional Framework is implemented in all courses, a guide that provides teacher and student flexibility, originality, and rigor. Our teachers are life-long learners and collaborators, dedicated to the belief students learn when provided an academic environment that is rigorous yet supportive. All teachers are highly accessible, and students frequently use classrooms to study, collaborate, or tutor. Our campus is united through shared values of inclusivity, respect, and commitment to a common goal. Students feel part of an institution dedicated to their academic and social well-being. First to attend college in their family, our students are educational pioneers building a legacy of excellence for themselves, their family, and their community, well into the 21st century.

“I'm pleased to celebrate with you as your school is named a National Blue Ribbon School,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos in a video message to the honorees.  “We recognize and honor your important work in preparing students for successful careers and meaningful lives. Congratulations on your students' accomplishments and for your extraordinary commitment to meeting their unique needs.”

All schools are honored in one of two performance categories, based on all student scores, subgroup student scores, and graduation rates:

  • Exemplary High Performing Schoolsare among their state’s highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests. 
  • Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing Schoolsare among their state’s highest performing schools in closing achievement gaps between a school’s student groups and all students over the past five years. 


Up to 420 schools may be nominated each year. The Department invites National Blue Ribbon School nominations from the top education official in all states. Private schools are nominated by The Council for American Private Education (CAPE).




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.  

Now in its 36th year, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed recognition on more than 8,800 schools. On November 7-8, the Secretary and the Department of Education will celebrate with 300 public and 49private school honorees at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.