The principal of an elementary school on Fort Benning, Ga., which was named a 2018 National Blue Ribbon School on Monday, cited the high degree of participation by parents and the commitment of teachers outside the school in explaining its success. “Communication is the big thing, the sense of community,” E.A. White Principal Renee Mallory told the Ledger-Enquirer. “Parents in our building all the time, a lot of involvement from our Partners in Education … a lot of visibility of the teachers in the community, not just at school functions, and very supportive parents,” Mallory said. Partners in Education is a joint initiative of the Muscogee County School District and Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce which provides a vehicle for businesses and other local organizations to provide resources through partnerships with individual schools.
E.A. White was one of three DOD Education Activity (DODEA) schools to be recognized for their academic performance; the other two are in Europe. The Department of Education’s Blue Ribbon program recognizes public and private schools of all levels for high performance on state assessments or nationally normed tests, as well as schools that are successful in closing achievement gaps between student subgroups. E.A. White, which recently opened in a new building, earned the highest scores in teaching and learning of any DODEA school on its latest accreditation assessment.