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Okaloosa STEMM Academy recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School

The Okaloosa STEMM Academy has been recognized as a 2023 National Blue Ribbon School, one of only 353 schools in the nation and 13 in Florida to receive the honor, the […]

Okaloosa STEMM Academy

The Okaloosa STEMM Academy has been recognized as a 2023 National Blue Ribbon School, one of only 353 schools in the nation and 13 in Florida to receive the honor, the Okaloosa County School District announced Friday.

  • The recognition is based on the STEMM Academy’s overall academic performance and progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.

“This recognition not only highlights the hard work and dedication of our students but also acknowledges the outstanding efforts put forth by our incredible teachers and staff,” Principal Scheree Martin said. “It is a reflection of the strong partnerships we have formed with parents and the support we receive from our community stakeholders and district team.”

The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes public and private elementary, middle and high schools in one of two performance categories: exemplary high-performing schools and exemplary achievement gap-closing schools. STEMM Academy earned recognition in the exemplary high-performing category.

Okaloosa Superintendent of Schools Marcus Chambers speaking at The Okaloosa STEMM Academy

Superintendent Marcus Chambers said the Blue Ribbon award is one of the most prestigious honors a school can receive.

  • “I am very proud,” Chambers said. “Congratulations to each and every student, teacher, staff, administrator and family member of STEMM.”

The award affirms the school’s stated mission to nurture intellectually curious, critical thinking and creative problem-solving students. STEMM Academy and other 2023 National Blue Ribbon Schools will be celebrated at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. in November.

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