Ridge View High School, part of the Galva-Holstein Community School District, was recently named as a nominee for a 2015 National Blue Ribbon School award. Ridge View was one of five schools nominated from Iowa and the only high school in the state to earn this 2015 nomination. Blue Ribbon Schools will be announced in the fall.

Since 1982, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has recognized outstanding public and non-public schools. According to the U.S. Department of Education website, by identifying several hundred outstanding schools annually, the program celebrates some of the most skilled and effective educators in the country.

According to Dianne Chadwick, administrative consultant for student assessment at the Iowa Department of Education, nominations are made primarily on the basis of student achievement as measured by the Iowa Assessments. Students at each tested grade must be in the top 15 percent of schools in reading and mathematics. High schools must also be in the top 15 percent of Iowa schools for graduation rate.

Ken Slater is the principal at Ridge View High School, which serves the communities of Early, Galva, Holstein, Nemaha and Schaller in northwest Iowa.

“Our school is excited to be recognized by the Iowa Department of Education as a Blue Ribbon Nominee. It is a great feather in the cap for our school as it is a symbol of excellence in education. The nomination is the result of the hard work by our staff and our outstanding students showing they take great pride in their work,” said Slater.

“There is more work to be done to get our students ready for the twenty-first century but this shows that rural northwest Iowa schools can hold their own in providing a great education,” added Slater.