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Sampson Early College Named a National Blue Ribbon School

Posted on 11/16/2021
Source: Alex Granados, (September 2021)


Eight North Carolina schools were among 325 recognized by U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2021, according to a press release from the U.S. Department of Education.


Sampson Early College High School was one of the recipients of the Blue Ribbon recognition.




“This year’s cohort of honorees demonstrates what is possible when committed educators and school leaders create vibrant, welcoming, and affirming school cultures where rich teaching and learning can flourish,” Cardona said in the press release.


“I commend all our Blue Ribbon honorees for working to keep students healthy and safe while meeting their academic, social, emotional, and mental health needs. In the face of unprecedented circumstances, you found creative ways to engage, care for, protect, and teach our children. Blue Ribbon Schools have so much to offer and can serve as a model for other schools and communities so that we can truly build back better.”


The schools are recognized in one of two categories: either Exemplary High-Performing Schools or Exemplary Achievement Gap-Closing Schools.

According to a press release from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, the Exemplary High-Performing Schools are:

  • Brush Creek Elementary School.
  • Elkin Middle School.
  • Pearsontown Elementary School.
  • Pender Early College High School.
  • Union Elementary School.

And the Exemplary Achievement Gap-Closing Schools are:

  • Blue Ridge Elementary School.
  • Sallie B. Howard Charter School.
  • Sampson Early College High School.

State Superintendent Catherine Truitt congratulated the schools in the state’s press release.

“These schools – their leaders, teachers and students – deserve our praise for creating cultures that truly support teaching and learning,” Truitt said. “They exemplify what’s best about public education in North Carolina, and I’m thrilled to see these schools recognized for their efforts.”