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Two Corpus Christi schools awarded National Blue Ribbon status

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott visited Windsor Park Elementary School in Corpus Christi on Thursday, Oct. 1, to recognize it and the Early Childhood Development Center at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi as National Blue Ribbon Schools. On stage with Abbott are Windsor Park Principal Kimberly Bissell (left) and (back row, left) state Rep. Abel Herrero, state Rep. Todd Hunter, and state Sen. Juan 'Chuy' Hinojosa. Courtesy photo

Gov. Greg Abbott visited Corpus Christi on Thursday, Oct. 1, to present National Blue Ribbon School proclamations to two schools in the Corpus Christi Independent School District. Both Windsor Park Elementary and the Early Childhood Development Center were named Exemplary High Performing Schools. They were among 28 Texas schools and 367 schools across the nation recently recognized as Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education.

Ceremonies were held at Windsor Park Elementary, which is ranked as the No. 1 elementary school in the entire state, Abbott said.

"This Blue Ribbon recognition is a testament to the parents, students, teachers, and staff at both Early Childhood Development Center and Windsor Park Elementary School," Abbott said. "A quality education is the foundation for a child's success, and it requires supportive parents, hard-working students, and dedicated teachers and administrators who motivate students to learn and grow. That is exactly the winning combination that we have with these two schools, and I am honored to recognize them for this tremendous achievement."

Blue Ribbon recognition is based on a school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. The schools must have an average math proficiency score of at least 64 percent. The Texas public school average is 48 percent. Reading proficiency must be at least 62 percent; the statewide average is 45 percent.

Located on the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi campus, the Early Childhood Development Center is a partnership between the university and the school district. It is a dual-language campus with all students receiving instruction in English and Spanish.

Windsor Park Elementary is an International Baccalaureate magnet school for gifted and talented students. The program moves students beyond the campus and into the community to learn about ecosystems, history, the arts, and politics.

“Being an educator is a calling, and it’s a very powerful calling that is one that allows you to go to work every single day knowing that you’re making a difference in the life of a child,” Abbott said. “This is a very, very special day for these schools but equally a very special day for the entire state of Texas.”

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