Simpson Elementary Receives 2012 National Blue Ribbon Award

The Peachtree Corners school was among seven Georgia public schools in the nation to be recognized.

On Tuesday, Simpson Elementary School was honored in Washington D.C. as one of the nation's 2012 Blue Ribbon Schools. The Peachtree Corners school was one of only seven Georgia public schools to receive the award - and the only Gwinnett County school to be recognized.

A total of 314 schools across the nation were recognized in a ceremony that was held by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Each school that attended received a plaque and a flag to signify its status as a National Blue Ribbon School.

"The Simpson community is thrilled that our school was named a 2012 National
Blue Ribbon School of Excellence," said Bron Gayna Schmit, the school's principal.

"It is a great honor to be one of 269 schools selected from over 100,000 schools nationwide.This is a wonderful affirmation of the hard work of our students and staff. I am blessed to be the principal of Simpson!"

State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge added: "I congratulate these schools for being recognized as 2012 National Blue Ribbon Schools. The students, teachers and staff of these schools should be proud of their success. These schools are shining examples of what happens when everyone is focused on student learning."



  • - Chase Street Elementary, Clarke County
  • - Austell Intermediate School, Cobb County
  • - Kittredge Magnet, DeKalb County
  • - Crabapple Crossing, Fulton County
  • - Fairmount Elementary, Gordon County
  • - Simpson Elementary, Gwinnett County
  • - Britt David Elementary, Muscogee County

One Georgia private school, First Presbyterian Day Middle School in Macon, was also named a National Blue Ribbon School. The selection process for private schools is different.

Blue Ribbon Schools are chosen in two categories (see the full criteria descriptions):

- High performing schools: Schools that scored in the top 10 percent in student achievement.

- Dramatically improved schools: Schools with at least 40 percent economically disadvantaged students that have dramatically improved student achievement to high levels. 

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BJ Van Gundy November 16, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Congratulations to Ms. Schmit and all of the other fine teachers at Simpson Elementary. Proud to be a Simpson Parent of 4 children that attended/attending! When my last gets done in 2018 I will have had a child at Simpson for 18 great years straight!
Amanda Helmstetter November 16, 2012 at 02:07 PM
Congratulations to the Adminstration, staff and students at Simpson Elementary! Quite an accomplishment! Would love to see this type of excellence in ALL schools in Gwinnett County.
K Wade November 17, 2012 at 05:59 PM
Glad to see they've improved since my children were there.
PTC Concerns December 03, 2012 at 06:55 PM
Amanda - You will never see this in all gwinnett schools. Simpson enjoys a benefit that most of you don't know about which is its geographic location - right smack dab in the middle of a bunch of single family,middle to upper class homes. Simpson is also has an appropirate student to teacher ratio. The mostly white student body enjoys the support of their family and is well behaved, ready and eager to learn. In contrast most of the other schools in the norcross cluster (and 1/3 of all of the schools in gwinnett) are title 1 schools meaning the student population is poor. Incidentally poor students are usually not the best student and have to overcome many more challenges. The other schools are also bursting at the seams because they are overcrowded (over-zealous apartment building in the 80's and 90's) and the teachers are overworked in classrooms that may have up to 30 students. Don't hold your breath for any awards at these schools.


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