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11 Indiana schools honored nationally for high performance

An eagle with a branch in one talon and arrows in the other talon spreads its wings beneath the words "U.S. Department of Education National Blue Ribbon Schools."
U.S. Department of Education
Eleven Indiana schools were designated as National Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education this year.

Eleven Indiana schools are being honored as National Blue Ribbon Schools this year by the U.S. Department of Education. Each of the schools were nominated for exemplary high performance.

Union Center Elementary School in Valparaiso was one of the schools selected for the award. Principal Christopher Gabriel said amazing staff and teachers are a big part of the school’s success.

“It's truly a village here and everybody plays a role,” he said. “And I really do feel that community aspect is what sets us apart.”

The Department of Education recognized more than 350 schools across the country this year either for their academic performance or progress toward closing student achievement gaps. The DOE said National Blue Ribbon Schools “demonstrate effective and innovative learning” and serve as examples to other schools and educators.

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Gabriel said he expects Union Center to continue to raise its academic standards.

“I’m just excited to set the bar because we want to continue to try to hit that mark over and over and over again,” he said.

The other award winners from Indiana:

  • Avon High School
  • Bishop Chatard High School
  • DeMotte Elementary School
  • Jimtown Intermediate School
  • Merle Sidener Gifted Academy
  • Rolling Prairie Elementary School
  • St. Charles Catholic School
  • St. John the Baptist Catholic School
  • Sugar Grove Elementary School
  • Utica Elementary School

More information about Indiana’s National Blue Ribbon Schools can be found at the education department’s website

Kirsten is our education reporter. Contact her at or follow her on Twitter at @kirsten_adair.

Kirsten the Indiana Public Broadcasting education reporter. Contact her at or follow her on Twitter at @kirsten_adair.