Rachel Carson ES Named a Maryland Blue Ribbon School  

Rachel Carson Elementary School was named a Blue Ribbon School by the Maryland Department of Education Tuesday. The school will now compete to become the 35th National Blue Ribbon School in Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS).  


“Congratulations to the staff, students and community of Rachel Carson for this much-deserved recognition,” said Board of Education president Shirley Brandman. “Rachel Carson is clearly doing an outstanding job serving the educational needs of all its students and today’s award recognizes that great work.”  


The Gaithersburg school was honored for its outstanding academic performance, as well as its leadership, professional development and instructional programs. MCPS Superintendent of Schools Joshua P. Starr attended Tuesday’s announcement in Baltimore with Rachel Carson principal Lawrence Chep and other school and system staff.  The announcement was made by Interim State Superintendent of Schools Bernard J. Sadusky.  


“Rachel Carson is a shining example of excellence that comes from great leadership, professional collaboration and strong community support,” Dr. Starr said. 


As a state winner, Rachel Carson will now compete in the National Blue Ribbon Awards program. The National Blue Ribbon Schools will be announced in September by the U.S. Department of Education. MCPS has had 34 National Blue Ribbon Schools, the most recent being Highland Elementary School in 2009.  


As the announcement was being made in Baltimore, Mr. Chep, Rachel Carson’s principal, shared the news of the award with his staff and students through a prerecorded video that was broadcast in every classroom.  

“I am so proud of our students and staff and appreciate the unwavering support we receive from our parents and our community members,” Mr. Chep said. “Our staff is completely dedicated to providing every student at Rachel Carson with an outstanding education, while making sure they enjoy learning and have fun.”  




MD Blue Ribbon School 


Maryland State Department of Education News Release           



MD Blue Ribbon Schools Program