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Frederick Law Olmsted School #64 named as one of 362 Schools as a National Blue Ribbon School

BUFFALO, N.Y.–Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has recognized 362 schools as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2019 including Frederick Law Olmsted School #64. The award is based on a school’s overall academic excellence or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. National Blue Ribbon Schools demonstrate that all students can achieve to high levels.


In her video message, Secretary DeVos applauded the 2019 schools: We recognize and honor your important work in preparing students for successful careers and meaningful lives. As a National Blue Ribbon School, your school demonstrates what is possible when committed educators hold all students and staff to high standards and create vibrant, innovative cultures of teaching and learning.

Frederick Law Olmsted School #64 is a Pre-K – Four school located in the Buffalo Public School district in western New York. The diverse student population is multi-faceted, consisting predominantly of gifted and talented students, in addition to multi-lingual, general education students, and students with autism spectrum disorders.

The universal goal of Frederick Law Olmsted School #64 is to prepare our students academically and socially for success as responsible, global, and innovative citizens of the 21st century and beyond. The Gifted and Talented (GT) program is a unique element to Frederick Law Olmsted School #64. Students participating in this program utilize critical, creative, and metacognitive thinking in all aspects of learning. The infusion of these skills throughout the curriculum, including the core subject areas, fosters greater depth and breadth of the Next Generation Learning Standards (NGLS). In summary, all students benefit from the gifted curriculum by using divergent and convergent thinking through critical, creative, and metacognitive skills.

The Department will honor 312 public and 50 private schools at a recognition ceremony on Nov. 14-15 in Washington, D.C. In its 37-year history, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed this coveted award on more than 9,000 schools.