AES blue ribbon

Alvarado Elementary South staff members celebrate the campus being nominated as a 2020 National Blue Ribbon School by the Texas Education Agency on Tuesday. 

Alvarado Elementary South was nominated as a 2020 National Blue Ribbon School on Tuesday by the Texas Education Agency. 

The school was one of 26 schools across the country nominated for the award. Grandview Elementary School received the honor in 2015. 

Initiated by the U.S. Department of Education in 1982, the program recognizes public and private elementary, middle and high schools that have high student achievement and/or highlights where exemplary progress has been made in closing achievement gaps among students subpopulations, according to its website. Since its founding, 7,000 schools across the nation have received this prestigious designation. 

In Texas, public schools are considered for nomination based on student performance on the first administration of the previous year’s State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness assessments, according to the TEA. Each nominated school has an economically disadvantaged population of 25 percent or more. 

AES was nominated in the Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing Schools category and is the first school in the district to be nominated.

“It is quite an honor any time your campus – as well as your school district – receives recognition at both the state and national levels,” AES Principal Karla Moore said. “Being selected as a National Blue Ribbon School nominee just validates what we are trying to accomplish in Alvarado ISD which is to inspire and empower learners and to be the most sought after school district in the state. 

“After all the hard work by our administrators, teachers and staff, the ultimate champions are our students.” 

Words can’t express our deep sense of pride and appreciate for the effort and teamwork of our students, educators and community, Alvarado ISD Superintendent Kenneth Estes said.

“AES works daily to create a learning environment that inspires and empowers our learners to new heights,” Estes said. “Ms. Moore’s leadership and dedication continues to guide AES to high standards, achievement and excellence. This is indeed a great honor for our entire community.”

The schools nominated must now complete an application process conducted by the USDE. National award winners will be announced in September. 

Schools that receive the designation are recognized at the Blue Ribbon Schools Awards Ceremony in Washington D.C. For information, visit 


Information in this article was provided by AISD 

Public Information Officer Tommy Brown.

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