The Blue Ribbon School awards seem unfair to our countywide students. Did anyone bother to check out demographics of each school? I did! Urbana has only 5.9 percent of special education students, 5.9 percent free and reduced-price meals students and 0.5 percent English learners. Compare those statistics to those of any other high school in the county, and no other school is even close to those low numbers. It’s sad when we relate the success of schools to the population. This makes our teachers look bad and makes our students feel bad.

Jeannine Milyard


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Blue Ribbon Schools are the product of the demographics. The parents ENSURE that their kids are Blue Ribbon Students. Case in point. Howard County had one of the worst school systems in Maryland in 1960. As Columbia developed the new people made it one of the best. That’s what happening in Urbana. It can happen anywhere if the parents pay close attention to their kids education.


I already knew this, so I didn't feel bad about our daughter excelling at a school that wasn't Urbana.


There are Blue Ribbon Students in every School because their parents are serious about their education. They make sure their kids do their homework and complete their out of school assignments and study for their exams. It’s just that in high achieving schools more of the parents make this a priority and it sort of becomes a rivalry between schools in the system. It bothers me when someone says we should dumb down the high achieving schools so they don’t hurt the other schools feelings. Maybe the other schools will strive to be a Blue Ribbon school too.


The problem is just looking at the school's achievement rate, not the over all demographics and class improvement. There ought to be a better way to do it.


Facts are what they are - do not place blame on Urbana and its demographics because it does not fit the concept that every kid gets a participation trophy... overall the county is performing quite well with the education system and certain factors can either help it or hurt it. Hopefully the school board will pay attention to those schools where certain demographics hurt those kids and find ways to improve the quality of education and that starts with having qualified and hi-achieving teachers providing the best education to the children.


Per FCPS - "Twelve Frederick County public schools have received national Blue Ribbon School awards: Urbana Elementary—2018, Centerville Elementary—2017, Kemptown Elementary—2015, New Market Elementary—2010, Windsor Knolls Middle—2002, Middletown Middle—1998, Yellow Springs Elementary—1994, Frederick High and Linganore High—1993, Gov. Thomas Johnson High—1991, Middletown Elementary—1990, and Middletown High—1987"



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