Lucy V. Barnsley Elementary School in Rockville was named a Maryland Blue Ribbon School by the governor on Tuesday.

At a news conference in Annapolis, Gov. Larry Hogan announced the six schools among “the best of the best,” for their performance on state assessments in math and English.

Barnsley, with an enrollment of about 750 kindergarten through fifth-grade students, has not received the award before.

“These schools are proof that with strong collaboration between dedicated educators, families, and communities we can close the achievement gap, prepare our students and give Maryland’s children hope for a better future,” Hogan said in a statement.

Opened in 1966, Barnsley was the first school in Maryland named after a woman. More than 40% of its students are in poverty, English language learners or have a disability, according to Hogan’s statement.

Barnsley will receive $1,000 worth of office supplies, “interactive technology equipment” and will be recognized at a ceremony in March in Annapolis. The school is eligible for the national Blue Ribbon Schools award, announced in spring 2020.


MCPS spokespeople could not immediately be reached for comment on Tuesday.

An MCPS school has been a recipient of the award 25 times in the past 25 years. There have been seven years in which no MCPS schools received the award, and six years in which multiple county schools were recipients, according to state data.

Other Maryland Blue Ribbon Schools for the 2019-20 school year are Cash Valley Elementary in Allegany County, Jacksonville Elementary in Baltimore County, Hampstead Elementary in Carroll County, Mount View Middle in Howard County and Bayside Elementary in Queen Anne’s County.


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