Press Release - 9/21/2021
Cumberland School Department
Cumberland, RI

2021 National Blue Ribbon School – Ashton Elementary School

The Cumberland School Department is proud to announce Ashton Elementary School has been designated a National Blue Ribbon School.

The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private elementary, middle, and high schools where students are excelling with high learning standards, or are making notable improvements in closing the achievement gap. Ashton Elementary is being applauded as an exemplary achievement gap closing school.

Quote from Principal Karbonik – “This recognition is a credit to the hard work of the faculty and the entire school community.  Our teachers are diligent in ensuring students have the support they need to reach proficiency. Our students are working hard and our families are very supportive.  It is that partnership and the support system created within the school that have led us to this achievement. We are honored to receive the Blue Ribbon School Recognition and we are proud of everyone in our community.”

Here is the summary of our achievement – Ashton School Profile

Superintendent Phil Thornton – “This very prestigious national award is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the administration, faculty and staff of Ashton Elementary School. We are all very proud of Ashton School.”

Cumberland School Committee Chair, Karen Freedman“We’ve been watching the positive increases in student achievement at Ashton School for several years. Under Principal Karbonik’s stellar leadership, the teachers, staff, students and families have been committed to closing achievement gaps for all students. Receiving the National Blue Ribbon Schools designation is a recognition of a lot of hard work and a commitment to making data-driven decisions to improve student outcomes.”

Cumberland Mayor, Jeffrey Mutter – “Congratulations to the entire Ashton Elementary School Community for their recognition as a National Blue Ribbon School. We are so thankful for everyone’s hard work to close achievement gaps and their ongoing commitment to academic excellence led by Principal Karbonik. These achievements only happen through consistency and collaboration and the entire Cumberland community should be very proud.”

325 schools were recognized as Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education this year. Just three schools in Rhode Island earned the distinction. Ashton Elementary was one of them, recognized for its exemplary achievement gap closing school.


U.S. Department of Education Announces 2021 National Blue Ribbon Schools


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