Founded in 1982, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes public and private elementary, middle, and high schools where students perform at very high levels or where significant improvements are being made in students' academic achievement. A National Blue Ribbon Schools flag overhead has become a mark of excellence in education recognized by everyone from parents to policy-makers in thousands of communities. Since the program's founding, the U. S. Department of Education has bestowed this coveted award on more than 7,000 of America's schools.
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Henry A. Coffeen Elementary School
Henry A. Coffeen is one of five elementary schools located at the foot of the Big Horn Mountains in Sheridan, Wyoming. Five years ago marked a significant milestone in the growth of Henry A. Coffeen- our commitment to becoming a school that would make students, parents, teachers and the community proud. Our vision was to create a school in which students were performing academically and gaining the leadership skills needed to succeed.
Our drive toward excellence and our commitment to becoming a Professional Learning Community changed our notion of student learning. Student achievement became the core of every decision. Grade-level teams analyze student data on a weekly basis and support students in mastering essential outcomes through daily intervention and enrichment groups. Another significant milestone was the implementation of the “Leader In Me” program which teaches students Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Implementing and integrating this program has allowed students to develop their leadership talents within the school and their community. This program has led to a complete culture change in our building. Over 50 students hold a leadership job in our school.