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Selbyville Middle Named National Blue Ribbon School
Selbyville Middle Named National Blue Ribbon School
Posted on 10/01/2018

Selbyville Middle School was one of three schools in Delaware and 349 nationwide to be named a National Blue Ribbon School for 2018.

SMS is the first secondary school in the Indian River School District to receive this honor. Overall, it is the district’s 10th National Blue Ribbon Award since 2001. 

“To be named a National Blue Ribbon School is a tremendous accomplishment made even more special by Selbyville Middle’s designation as the first secondary school in our district to receive this honor,” IRSD Superintendent Mark Steele said. “The hard work and dedication required of students and staff to receive Blue Ribbon recognition is simply remarkable. My heartfelt congratulations go out to the entire SMS community for making the Indian River School District and the State of Delaware proud.”

The National Blue Ribbon Schools program honors public and private elementary, middle and high schools where students achieve high learning standards or are making notable improvements in closing the achievement gap. This coveted award affirms the hard work of educators, families and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content. 


National Blue Ribbon Schools are honored in one of two performance categories based on overall 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 subgroups and all students over the past five years.

Selbyville Middle School was a winner in the Exemplary High Performing Schools category and was one of only two Title I middle schools in the United States to receive the honor. SMS is the first Title I public middle school in Delaware to earn Blue Ribbon recognition for Exemplary High Performance. Nationwide, it was one of just 22 middle schools out of 349 total Blue Ribbon schools to be recognized.

“Recognition as a National Blue Ribbon School would not be possible without highly-talented teachers and support staff, hardworking and dedicated students, supportive and engaged parents and community, and strong district support,” SMS Principal Jason Macrides said. “Recognition as a National Blue Ribbon School for Exemplary High Performance is an honor and testament to the amazing community we serve.”

Now in its 36th year, the National Blue Ribbon Schools program has bestowed recognition on more than 8,800 schools. U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and the Department of Education will honor Selbyville Middle School and the other national winners at a special awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. on November 7-8. 

The district’s other Blue Ribbon Award winners are Lord Baltimore Elementary School (2001), Phillip C. Showell Elementary School (2003), John M. Clayton/Frankford Elementary School (2004, 2014), Long Neck Elementary School (2005, 2011), North Georgetown Elementary School (2006) and East Millsboro Elementary School (2008, 2017).