Another Harrison District 2 elementary school is a repeat winner of the coveted National Blue Ribbon Award.
Wildflower Elementary School, on the city's southeast side at 1160 Keith Drive, is among the 342 public and private schools U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos named Thursday as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2017.
Wildflower is being recognized for overall academic excellence, for ranking in the top 15 percent of all Colorado elementary schools in state assessments. The school also received the Blue Ribbon Award in 2011.
"We are so honored to win the Blue Ribbon Award a second time," Principal Wendy Godwin said in a statement. "Our students, staff and parents work diligently each day, so to be recognized as an exemplary high performing school means a great deal."
Wildflower is one of five schools in the state on this year's list and the only one in the Pikes Peak region. The winning schools "demonstrate that all students can achieve to high levels," according to DeVos' news release.
Some keys to Wildflower's success: Each teacher specializes in one subject, and students rotate classrooms, like in high school or college. Some classes have two teachers who team teach and provide personalized attention to each student.
The 292 public and 50 private schools who won the award will be honored Nov. 6-7 at a ceremony in Washington D.C.
Wildflower also gained national recognition last year as the only Title 1 school in Colorado to receive the prestigious National Title I Distinction for significantly closing the achievement gap among minorities, low-income students, English language learners and students with disabilities.
Soaring Eagles Elementary in Harrison D-2 also has won the Blue Ribbon twice, in 2016 and 2009. Centennial Elementary in D-2 won the Blue Ribbon Award in 2015.