WEST CHESTER (September 29, 2020) – State Senator Andy Dinniman, minority chair of the Senate Education Committee, recognized St. Patrick School in Malvern on being named a National Blue Ribbon School.

The school also received the designation in 2013.

“It is an honor to be recognized as National Blue Ribbon School and I congratulate the students, staff, and faculty at St. Patrick School in Malvern on this achievement,” Dinniman said.

St. Patrick School was one of 14 schools throughout Pennsylvania (and three archdiocesan elementary schools) to receive the recognition. This year, 362 schools across the country received the designation.

The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes public and private elementary, middle, and high schools based on their overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.

Every year the U. S. Department of Education seeks out and celebrates great American schools, schools demonstrating that all students can achieve to high levels

The program, which was initiated in 1982 under President Ronald Reagan, as bestowed almost 10,000 awards to more than 9,000 schools, with some schools, like St. Patrick School, winning multiple awards. Schools are eligible for nomination once every five years.