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TABS Named A National Blue Ribbon School Nominee


Fort Worth ISD’s Texas Academy of Biomedical Sciences (TABS) is a nominee for the 2020 National Blue Ribbon School designation. 

The school is among 26 state nominees announced by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) on Monday, February 10.  The state agency nominates public schools for the award based on student performance on the first administration of last year’s STAAR (State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness) assessments, and each nominated school has an economically disadvantaged population of 25% or more.

The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program, established in 1982, recognizes public and private schools for overall academic excellence and progress in closing achievement gaps among students.  In its nearly 40-year history, the prestigious designation has been presented to 9,000 elementary, middle and high schools in the United States, according to the Department of Education. 

“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,” the U.S. Department of Education notes on its website. “The 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 content.”

TABS, located on the Tarrant County College- Trinity River Campus, offers students a rigorous curriculum in an early college environment that prepares them for the demands of a career in biomedical sciences. Students enrolled at TABS have the opportunity to complete high school earning up to 60 college credit hours, a two-year, tuition-free associate degree, internships and apprenticeships with industry partners.