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Chief Joseph School of the Arts receives National Blue Ribbon Award

Posted at 5:26 PM, Oct 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-01 19:26:59-04

MERIDIAN, Idaho — An elementary school in Meridian is getting impressive recognition after being named a 2019 National Blue Ribbon School.

We told you about Chief Joseph School of the Arts earlier this year when they were nominated for the National Blue Ribbon Award, after receiving the award at the state level.

The National Blue Ribbon Award is given by the U.S. Department of Education to recognize exemplary schools for either high performance or schools making strides toward closing achievement gaps between students.

“The award for us is in the exemplary high performing category because our student achievement is in the top 10 percent of the state and then also it that top tier in the country,” said Gretchen Hart, Principal of Chief Joseph School of the Arts.

Chief Joseph School of the Arts is a public school in the West Ada School District with 15 percent of its population being English learners, and 40 percent receiving free or reduced lunch.

Chief Joseph is the first West Ada school to ever receive the National Blue Ribbon Award.