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Meigs Middle Magnet is a National Blue Ribbon School

U.S. Department of Education honors four Tennessee schools for achievement

For the third time in five years, Metro Nashville Public Schools has a National Blue Ribbon School on its roster.

Meigs Middle Magnet School is one of just four schools in Tennessee, and 286 nationwide, to achieve this great honor from the U.S. Department of Education. It comes because of the heights Meigs’ students have reached in academic achievement:

  • 92.3% Proficient or Advanced in Math
  • 95.4% Proficient or Advanced in Reading / Language Arts
  • 94.8% Proficient or Advanced in Science
  • 99.7% Proficient or Advanced in Social Studies

“We are honored to be a 2013 National Blue Ribbon School,” said Meigs principal Dr. Scott Underwood. “This award validates the hard work of our teachers and students, as well as the ongoing support of our parents and Meigs community. Congratulations to all!” Meigs serves students in grades 5-8.

In a video statement, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said, “The 2013 National Blue Ribbon Schools prove that demographics are not destiny… Despite the very real challenges that students and families and communities face, with great teaching and great principals and hard work and vital support, every student can achieve the American dream.”


The Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private schools based on one of two criteria:

  1. Schools whose students, regardless of background, achieve in the top 10 percent of their state on state tests or, in the case of private schools, in the top 10 percent of the nation on nationally normed tests; and
  2. Schools with at least 40 percent of their students from disadvantaged backgrounds that demonstrate dramatic improvement of student performance to high levels on state tests or nationally-normed tests.

“We’ve always known Meigs is one of the crown jewels in Tennessee education,” said Director of Schools Dr. Jesse Register. “The Blue Ribbon banner that will soon hang at the school is a great honor, and a reminder of the great things happening in public education in Nashville.”

Families with children who will be in grades 5-8 in the 2014-15 and who meet the academic entrance criteria may apply for admission to Meigs and other Metro Nashville schools from Oct. 31 through 5:30 PM Monday, Dec. 2, 2013 through the district’s school options process. Information is available online.