Hume-Fogg Academic High Named National Blue-Ribbon School
Nashville, Tennessee – (October 2, 2018) – The U.S. Department of Education has named Metro Nashville Public Schools’ Hume-Fogg Academic High School as one of 349 National Blue-Ribbon Schools across the nation. The program recognizes public and private elementary, middle and high schools based on overall academic excellence or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.
Since 1982, more than 8,500 schools across the country have been presented with this coveted award, in which up to 420 schools may be nominated each year.
“This is really exciting news for Hume-Fogg to be among the top performing schools in the country,” said Dr. Kellie M. Hargis, executive principal. “This is such a special honor and speaks highly to the quality of work, academic rigor and commitment to achievement that our students, faculty and staff strive toward every day.”
Founded in 1912, Hume-Fogg was established as Nashville’s first public school. It became the first secondary magnet school in 1983 and continues to serve academically advanced students from across the Metro Nashville area offering diverse courses at the Honors and Advanced Placement levels. In addition to rigorous academics, the school maintains a nationally-recognized arts program, including jazz, symphonic band, orchestra, visual arts, choir and theatre, and offers advanced study in several foreign languages.
On Nov. 7-8, the U.S. Secretary of Education will celebrate with 300 public and 49 private school honorees at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. Schools being honored were selected based on two performance categories which considered all student scores, subgroup student scores and graduation rates:
- Exemplary High Performing Schools are among their state’s highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally-normed tests.
- Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing Schools are among their state’s highest performing schools in closing achievement gaps between a school’s student groups and all students over the past five years.
Metro Nashville Public Schools is one of the nation’s top 50 largest school districts, preparing 88,000 students for higher education, work and life. With the goal of being the first choice for Nashville families, Metro Schools is committed to #ExceedingGreatExpectations with the mission of delivering a great public education to every student, every day. The district is earning a national reputation for urban school reform, social and emotional learning and rising academic achievement. The governing body for Metro Schools is the Metropolitan Nashville Board of Public Education, a nine-member elected body. For more information, visit MNPS.org, or follow us on Twitter @MetroSchools or Facebook /MetroSchools.