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Two schools in Oklahoma City receive Blue Ribbon distinction

A downtown Oklahoma City charter school and an elementary school in the Moore district are among 286 schools recognized for academic excellence or efforts to improve academic achievement, U.S. education officials said.
by Tim Willert Modified: September 24, 2013 at 10:21 pm •  Published: September 25, 2013

Two Oklahoma City schools are among six public schools in Oklahoma to receive Blue Ribbon recognition for 2013 by the U.S. Department of Education.

Harding Charter Preparatory High School and Wayland Bonds Elementary School are among 286 schools honored for academic excellence or efforts to improve academic achievement, department officials said Monday.

Harding, in the Oklahoma City school district, and Bonds, located in a section of Oklahoma City that is in the Moore school district, were named exemplary high-performing schools. At least 40 percent of students at each school are considered disadvantaged, the education department reported.

“To be an all Advanced Placement school in an urban setting, while being public and nonselective, and be recognized as a Blue Ribbon school is a fantastic accomplishment,” Harding Principal Justin Hunt said. “We couldn't be happier about the hard work that our teachers put forth for these students, and the work that our students put in to achieve success.”

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by Tim Willert
Education Reporter
Tim Willert is a native Californian with Oklahoma ties who covers education. Prior to moving to Oklahoma in June 2011, he was as an editor for in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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