South Washington County Schools

Bailey Elementary School named 2017 National Blue Ribbon School

South Washington County Schools is proud to announce that Bailey Elementary School has been selected by the U.S. Department of Education as a 2017 National Blue Ribbon School. The highly selective honor was only given to 342 schools nationwide in 2017.

Bailey was recognized for meeting the program's exemplary high performing school’s standards, meaning the school was among Minnesota’s highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests. It is the first school to be recognized with the honor in District 833 since the program was created in 1982.

Students celebrate national honor

“I am extremely proud of the students, staff and families who make Bailey such an outstanding school. It is an honor to be recognized for our efforts to ensure every student is meeting our high academic standards,” said Candy Hofstad, Principal of Bailey Elementary School.

The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private elementary, middle and high schools where students achieve very high learning standards or are making notable improvements in closing the achievement gap.

Representatives from Bailey Elementary School will be honored at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 6 and 7.