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Fort Worth ISD’s Texas Academy of Biomedical Sciences Is Named a 2020 National Blue Ribbon School

The United States Department of Education announced today that Fort Worth ISD’s Texas Academy of Biomedical Sciences has received 2020 National Blue Ribbon honors.

“We are so pleased to be able to share the news about the national distinction that has been bestowed upon our Texas Academy of Biomedical Sciences,” said Superintendent Kent P. Scribner.  “Congratulations to Principal Jack Henson, as well as all of the teachers and students at TABS. This honor is well deserved!”

The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes public and private elementary, middle, and high schools that have high student achievement and/or highlights where exemplary progress has been made in closing achievement gaps.

Fort Worth ISD’s Texas Academy of Biomedical Sciences – or TABS – is a District Gold Seal School of Choice. The school’s mission is to provide students with a rigorous curriculum in an early college high school environment and to prepare them for a career in the medical field. The school has a 100% graduation rate and 92% of TABS students earn an associate degree at the same time they graduate from high school.

FWISD schools that have earned Blue Ribbon status in the past include the Young Women’s Leadership Academy, Charles Nash Elementary, Glen Park Elementary, Rufino Mendoza Elementary, and Tanglewood Elementary.

In Texas, public schools are considered for nomination based on student performance on the first administration of the previous year’s STAAR assessments. Each campus receiving Blue Ribbon honors this year has an economically disadvantaged population of 39 percent or more. All 26 campuses nominated by the Texas Education Agency in February received the designation.

The 2020 National Blue Ribbon Schools Awards Ceremony will be held virtually November 12 and 13.