National Blue Ribbon School
On September 30, 2014, the U.S. Department of Education formally honored Norwood-Fontbonne Academy as a National Blue Ribbon School. NFA received this highly prestigious and coveted award in recognition of its excellence in empowering students to lead, learn, and serve. NFA was singled out for its expertise in many areas including exceptional teaching, a Signature academic curriculum, student achievement- both during and after the elementary years-, commitment to leadership and service learning starting in first grade, and the extraordinary involvement of its parent community.
Additionally, the National Blue Ribbon Schools program has honored NFA as a school where students have placed in the top 15 percent nationally in English language arts and mathematics as measured by national or state tests.
Founded in 1982, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes outstanding American schools where students perform at very high levels or where significant improvements have been made in students’ academic achievement. The program also identifies and disseminates knowledge about effective school leadership and instructional practices. Honored schools serve as a resource and inspiration to others. A National Blue Ribbon Schools banner proclaims the school’s excellence in education affirmed by everyone from parents to policy-makers in thousands of communities. National Blue Ribbon schools serve as examples for other schools throughout the nation and details of their achievements are shared on the U.S. Department of Education’s website.
“As Philadelphia’s oldest Catholic, independent elementary school, NFA is thrilled to be one of the 337 schools selected to receive this 2014 national honor. We know that excellence is not something that is achieved, but rather something that is consistently maintained. We are so proud that our 94-year commitment to excellence has been recognized in this way,” said NFA Head of School, Sister Mary Helen Beirne.