Catholic School in Bethesda Honored With National Blue Ribbon Title

Catholic School in Bethesda Honored With National Blue Ribbon Title

Little Flower was only private school in Montgomery County to win 2017 award

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Updated 4:51 p.m.: Little Flower School in Bethesda has received national accolades for being an exemplary, high performing school.

The Catholic school founded in 1953 has been named a 2017 National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education, the only private school in Montgomery County to win the title.

“We feel very honored, and it will steer us into the future. It will be a reminder of what the school is capable of,” said Sister Rosemaron Rynn, the school’s principal.

This is the second time Little Flower has been named a National Blue Ribbon School. The first was in 2008.

Rynn said schools must earn test scores in the top 15 percentile nationwide just to apply.

Little Flower, which enrolls about 260 students in preschool through eighth grade, emphasizes academic excellence and creating a sense of community, according to the National Blue Ribbon website.

“Students are challenged to use their abilities and talents for their own good and for the good of their family, school, church and country,” the site stated.

Little Flower seeks to build ties within the school community by hosting trivia nights, breakfasts and dances for families, according to its application for the Blue Ribbon title.

The submission also explains that students learn math in classes of nine to 14 students, are taught penmanship at an early age and enjoy a wide variety of opportunities in music and art. Classrooms come equipped with interactive whiteboards, and the school has 210 Chromebooks for students to use.

The school takes advantage of its proximity to the nation’s capital by organizing field trips to monuments, museums, the White House and other government buildings. Seventh-graders each year get to meet Chief Justice John Roberts in a special tour of the Supreme Court.   

More than 340 schools across the nation won the award last week and are invited to a recognition ceremony in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 6 and 7.

In Maryland, six public and seven private schools earned the designation. In addition to Little Flower, the Montgomery County winners were Ronald McNair Elementary School in Germantown and Farmland Elementary School in Rockville.

The National Blue Ribbon title goes to schools that demonstrate academic excellence or make progress in closing achievement gaps, according to its website.

Rynn said two school staff representatives plan to attend the Blue Ribbon celebration in November.

Bethany Rodgers can be reached at bethany.rodgers@bethesdamagazine.com.

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