On Thursday, May 21, 2015, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) announced that eight Missouri public schools, including Ladue Middle School, have received one of the state’s highest honors by being recognized as Gold Star Schools. The program recognizes schools that perform at high academic levels or that perform at high levels while serving a significant proportion of disadvantaged students.
“We continue to be incredibly proud of Ladue Middle School,” said Superintendent Dr. Donna Jahnke. “It was about this time last year that we were celebrating the announcement that our middle school would be receiving the 2014 National School of Character award. Our principals, counselors, teachers, students and parents have put everything they have into making Ladue Middle School an exemplary school by all measures and they are most deserving of these recognitions.”
The Gold Star Schools program was established by the Department in 1991 and aligns with the national Blue Ribbon Schools program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. The Gold Star Schools program uses the same criteria for nomination as the National Blue Ribbon Schools program. Recipients of the state’s award, including Ladue Middle School, have already been nominated for national Blue Ribbon recognition and those recipients will be announced this fall by the U.S. Department of Education.
The other seven schools named as Gold Star Schools are:
- Barbara Blanchard Elementary, Cape Girardeau 63 School District
- Ralph M. Captain Elementary, Clayton School District
- Truman Middle School, Lindbergh School District
- New Haven High School, New Haven School District
- McKelvey Elementary School, Parkway C-2 School District
- West Middle School, Parkway C-2 School District
- Kennard Classical Junior Academy, St. Louis Public Schools
In order to recommend a school to the Commissioner of Education as a Missouri Gold Star School, the school must meet the nomination criteria outlined by the U.S. Department of Education for the National Blue Ribbon Schools program, complete the National Blue Ribbon Schools application and the U.S. Department of Education must accept the schools National Blue Ribbon Schools application.