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Belle Hall recognized as 2021 National Blue Ribbon School

Belle Hall Elementary School is proud to announce they have earned a prestigious distinction; they are one of five schools in South Carolina named 2021 National Blue Ribbon Schools. Belle Hall is the first school in Charleston County School District (CCSD) to receive this award in four years (Buist Academy in 2017).


The U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona announced the 2021 National Blue Ribbon Schools (NBRS) earlier this morning.


The NBRS Program recognizes public and private elementary, middle, and high schools based on their overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. Every year the U.S. Department of Education seeks out and celebrates great American schools, schools demonstrating that all students can achieve to high levels. Now in its 39th year, the NBRS Program has bestowed almost 10,000 awards to more than 9,000 schools, with some schools winning multiple awards. Schools are eligible for nomination after five years.


"The entire Belle Hall Elementary School community takes great pride in this prestigious recognition,” said Principal Kevin Conklin. “For over three decades, the teachers, parents, staff, and community members have collaborated to create this extraordinary environment for students. Over the years, we've upheld our reputation of ‘Rigor and Relationships,’ which features high expectations and support for all learners bolstered by adults working together closely every day."


Conklin added they are starting to plan for on-going celebrations this school year to highlight this prestigious accomplishment.


The coveted National Blue Ribbon School award affirms the hard work of students, educators, families, and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content. The National Blue Ribbon School flag gracing an entry or flying overhead is a widely recognized symbol of exemplary teaching and learning.


"It takes a lot to make a school exceptional,” added Instructional Coach Patricia Caddell. “It is no easy task. Belle Hall is an excellent school due to its inviting school climate, cohesive staff, community involvement, strong leadership, and rigorous curriculum. This is seen on a daily basis year end and year out."


Belle Hall Elementary started serving students in Mount Pleasant in 1990; the school’s current enrollment is approximately 650.