Two elementaries earn national recognition

Attracting national attention, two Garland ISD elementaries have been singled out from thousands of schools across the country. Roach Elementary School and Walnut Glen Academy for Excellence are among just 337 private and public campuses selected for a 2014 national Blue Ribbon Schools award.

The Blue Ribbon Schools program, founded in 1982 by the U.S. Department of Education, recognizes elementary, middle and high schools where students perform at very high levels or where students are making significant gains in academic achievement. Roach, Walnut Glen and other honorees received distinctions as exemplary high-performing schools from state assessment results. Each campus also has an economically disadvantaged population of 40 percent or greater.

“At Roach, we strive to educate the entire child, and this honor demonstrates the great growth we continue to see throughout the school,” said Principal Jeanette O’Neal. “It can be credited to our master teachers, as well as district and parent support and the hard work of students.”

Nominated for the recognition by the Texas Education Agency, GISD's campuses completed a rigorous application process, detailing instruction, extracurricular opportunities, community influence, etc. through essay questions. The 2014 distinctions continue the district’s tradition of excellence. Roach previously received a Blue Ribbon Schools award in 2006-07. Walnut Glen also has two Blue Ribbon Schools titles from 1996-97 and 2007-08.