Nominated for a 2016 Blue Ribbon Schools award, Hillside Academy for Excellence adds an eighth name to Garland ISD's list of campuses receiving this national recognition. Hillside is among just 26 private and public campuses honored in Texas.
Founded in 1982, Blue Ribbon Schools is a U.S. Department of Education program that recognizes elementary, middle and high schools where students perform at very high levels. Hillside and Texas’ other nominees received distinctions as exemplary high-performing schools from state assessment results. Each campus also has an economically disadvantaged population of 20 percent or greater.
Following the nomination, schools complete a rigorous application process, detailing instruction, extracurricular opportunities, community influence, etc. through essay questions. Announcements of national award winners are made each September.
For a complete list of the 2016 Texas nominees, view the press release from the Texas Education Agency.