Sangster Recognized as 2021 Blue Ribbon School

September 21, 2021

Sangster Elementary School has been named a 2021 National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. The Fairfax County school is among seven schools in Virginia receiving the honor this year.

The Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors high performing schools and schools making exemplary progress toward closing achievement gaps. Sangster was recognized as an Exemplary High Performing School based on its high achievement in reading and mathematics during the 2018-2019 school year. More specifically, Sangster was recognized for closing the achievement gap in math by 15% for students who receive special education services.    

The Sangster staff focuses on the development of the whole child and are equally dedicated to seeing students grow academically, emotionally, and socially to become productive and contributing citizens in our ever-changing global community. Staff members believe that students learn best in a safe, caring, and positive learning environment that stimulates intellectual curiosity, fosters a commitment to lifelong learning, and promotes strong character development. Sangster is recognized as a Model Professional Learning Community school where teams are committed to providing students with high quality tier one instruction through collaborative planning, data analysis, and responsive instruction. Sangster has been recognized as a Virginia Distinguished Purple Star School for supporting military connected students, with over 150 families serving in all branches of the military.

“At Sangster, we believe that student success is a result of the shared partnership between school, parents, and the community,” said principal Allison Jankovich. “Sangster’s strength lies in the welcoming and celebratory environment it strives to create, where everyone who walks through its doors knows that they are valued and appreciated.”

The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has recognized more than 9,000 schools since the program began 39 years ago.

View Sangster's profile on the National Blue Ribbon's School Website

The U.S. Department of Education will honor all of the nation’s 2021 National Blue Ribbon Schools at an awards ceremony November 4-5. Award-winning schools will receive flags and plaques.