According to the U.S. Department of Education, two of the top schools in the country are right here in Mobile County.
Old Shell Road School for Creative and Performing Arts and Clark-Shaw School of Math and Science were named National Blue Ribbon Schools for their excellence in specialized programs and academic achievement.
Earning a Blue Ribbon is the highest honor a school, private or public, can receive. It means they are a cut above the rest.
Mobile County Public Schools Superintendent Martha Peek said each school had to first earn a nomination from their State Department of Education and then fill out a vigorous application. Peek said Old Shell and Clark-Shaw are among just five Blue Ribbon Schools named this year in Alabama and 335 nationwide.
Peek said she’s extremely proud.
“We’re very excited that the excellence in those schools is being recognized. It’s a great compliment to the teachers, the students, the parent involvement, and the administrators in those schools,” Peek beamed.
This brings the grand total of Blue Ribbon Schools in Mobile County to 13. (Mary B. Austin, Anna Booth, Calcedeaver, Council Traditional, Dodge, George Hall, Old Shell Road School of Creative and Performing Arts, Spencer-Westlawn, Clark-Shaw School of Math and Science and Phillips Preparatory middle schools; and Davidson, Murphy and Vigor high schools)