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Grey Cloud Elementary Blue Ribbon School

Grey Cloud Elementary Receives National Recognition
Posted on 10/08/2020

GCES Blue Ribbon SchoolGrey Cloud Elementary School is being recognized nationally as a 2020 Blue Ribbon School by the U.S Department of Education.

The National Blue Ribbon Schools program recognizes public and private elementary, middle and high schools based on their overall academic excellence and/or their progress toward closing achievement gaps among student groups. Grey Cloud Elementary was selected for progress in both of these categories.

“The Blue Ribbon School award is a great honor for our students, staff and families. It’s a testament to our commitment to academic excellence,” said Grey Cloud Elementary Principal Laura Loshek. “We have a great team that works together, sets high standards and is committed to our students, and this award reflects that.”

“I am so proud of our teachers and staff at Grey Cloud Elementary. Their passion for teaching and dedication to students shows every day when they walk into the building,” said South Washington County Schools Superintendent Julie Nielsen. 

Since 2016-17, Grey Cloud Elementary has increased reading proficiency for Black students by nearly 31% and Asian student reading performance has been climbing since 2014-15. Over that time period, student scores have risen more than 43% on both the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCA) and the Minnesota Test of Academic Skills (MTAS). 

Between 2017-19 Grey Cloud saw a 15% increase in math proficiency for Black students. Asian students increased by 17.5% in math proficiency since the 2015-16 school year. You can review the Minnesota Department of Education’s (MDE) full achievement data online.

Grey Cloud Elementary School is one of only 367 schools in the country to receive this prestigious designation this year. The U.S. Department of Education will honor 317 public and 50 non-public schools virtually on Nov. 12 and 13.

Congratulations to our teachers and staff at Grey Cloud Elementary School on this distinguished honor.