Eight Missouri schools were honored as Gold Star schools in 2013. Missouri’s 2013 Gold Star Schools are:
Bolivar High School (Bolivar R-I School District), Bolivar, MO
Brentwood High School (Brentwood School District), Brentwood, MO
Lee’s Summit West High School (Lee’s Summit R-V-II School District), Lee’s Summit, MO
Nixa High School (Nixa R-II School District), Nixa, MO
Sappington Elementary School (Lindbergh Schools), St. Louis, MO
Spokane High School (Spokane R-VII School District), Highlandville, MO
Willow Springs High School (Willow Springs R-IV School District), Willow Springs, MO
W.W. Keysor Elementary School (Kirkwood R-VII School District), Kirkwood, MO
The Gold Star Schools Program is a state-level recognition program, administered by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). Founded in 1991, the Gold Star Schools Program has rigorous criteria that are aligned with the national Blue Ribbon Schools program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education.
The national Blue Ribbon programs identified both “high performing schools” and “improved schools”. Each of the eight schools recognized as Missouri Gold Star Schools have also been nominated for the national Blue Ribbon program. Blue Ribbon Schools will be announced by the U.S. Department of Education in Fall 2013.