West Clay Elementary named 2016 National Blue Ribbon School


By Renee Larr

West Clay Elementary has been recognized as a 2016 National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Dept. of Education. Each year state departments of education nominate schools for the award. This year, 279 public schools and 50 private schools received the honor.



“It’s really a huge deal to be recognized, because we received that status of exemplary high performing school,” said Courtney Taylor, a spokesperson for Carmel Clay Schools.

Educators from the school will travel to Washington, D.C. Nov. 7 and 8 to receive the award and be recognized on a national stage.

“Both days will be an unforgettable experience. In addition to being recognized for our award, we will have the opportunity to network with and learn from other educators, gaining incredible knowledge and insight that we will be able to bring back to share with our staff,” West Clay Elementary Principal Jennifer Szuhaj said.

To be chosen, schools must rank in the top 15 percent of all schools on ISTEP assessments in both reading and mathematics. Current and future students are expected to benefit from West Clay receiving the award.

“For our current students, it means that they are benefiting from all the practices that we have put into place here at West Clay that made us nominated for the award,” Suzhaj said. “We cherish and value Carmel Clay Schools’ belief in the growth mindset in allowing students to experience excellence, explore opportunities, and realize their potential.”

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