Brentwood School District’s Mark Twain Elementary has been named one of this year’s Gold Star Schools, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education announced on Wednesday.
The program recognizes schools that perform at high academic levels, or that perform at high levels while serving a significant proportion of disadvantaged students.
Eight schools were named statewide. In the St. Louis area, Chesterfield Elementary in the Rockwood R-VI School District and Mallinckrodt A.B.I. Elementary in the St. Louis City School District were also recognized.
“Congratulations to the students, faculty and staff at these eight schools for earning this recognition,” said Commissioner of Education Margie Vandeven. “Their hard work reflects Missouri’s continuing effort to prepare all students for success in school and after graduation.”
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 were nominated for national Blue Ribbon recognition, which will be announced this fall by the U.S. Department of Education.
See the announcement from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.