Horizon Science Academy Cleveland (HSA) was one of only 314 schools nationwide designated today as a 2009 National Blue Ribbon School by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. The schools – 264 public and 50 private – will be honored at an awards ceremony on November 3 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC. For the past 27 years, more than 6,150 of America’s schools have received this coveted award. “These Blue Ribbon Schools have shown that all children can learn with appropriate supports,” Duncan said. “They are producing outstanding results for their students. Some have shown dramatic improvements in places where students are overcoming the challenges of poverty, and others serve as examples of consistent excellence that can be a resource for other schools. They are places where improved teaching and learning benefits every student, and where students are challenged to meet high expectations with the active support of teachers, parents and the community.” The award honors public and private elementary, middle and high schools that are either academically superior, or have made dramatic gains in student achievement and helped close gaps in achievement among minority and disadvantaged students. Each year since 1982, the U.S. Department of Education has sought out schools where students attain and maintain high academic goals. Using standards of excellence, as evidenced by student achievement measures and the characteristics known from research to exemplify school quality, the Department celebrates schools, including those that beat the odds. Said Cengiz Karatas, our Director, “We are thrilled to accept this award. It is wonderful to receive this recognition of the fine work of our staff and students.” HSA is the only charter school in northeast Ohio to win this award and only the second charter in all of Ohio to do so. In its first decade of operation, HSA has long list of accomplishments including: • the School of Promise Award by ODE for 2007-2008, • a Bronze medal for outstanding achievement by US NEWS AND WORLD REPORT news magazine – best Charter School for 2008 • a 100% college acceptance rate for the class of 2008 and 2009 • National Title I Distinguished School Recognition 2009 • Accreditation through AdvancED, representing 27,000 public and private schools and districts across the United States and in 65 countries Horizon offers creative and unique programs that have proven highly successful. They include Saturday school, free after school tutoring for each class, a Summer Academy, and home visits by staff to families. Click here to see the list of 2009 Blue Ribbon Schools at U.S Department of Education’s website.