For Immediate Release:   November 7, 2012

Two BPS Schools Receive National Blue Ribbon Award

VIERA, FLA. – West Melbourne Elementary School for Science, and West Shore Jr. /Sr. High School have been named 2012 National Blue Ribbon Schools. Out of the nine recognized schools from Florida; West Shore is the only high school to receive the prestigious award.

Since 1982, the U.S. Department of Education's National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has recognized public and private elementary, middle and high schools where students perform at very high levels or where significant improvements are being made in students' levels of academic achievement.

“I am very humbled and honored for West Melbourne to be named a National Blue Ribbon school,” said the school’s principal, Dr. Neleffra Marshall.    An ecstatic Marshall continued, “This recognition validates the hard work and extreme dedication of our staff, teachers, and parents in providing our students with the best education we can.”

With equal enthusiasm, West Shore principal Rick Fleming exclaimed, “The National Blue Ribbon Award obviously represents the pinnacle of school success, and on behalf of the entire Wildcat nation, I am truly elated. I commend our students, teachers, and parents for their unwavering collective commitment to our school vision of excellence achieved.”

In 2010 Ocean Breeze Elementary received the Blue Ribbon designation. In 2009, Brevard had two Blue Ribbon schools: Ralph Williams Elementary and Cocoa Beach Jr. /Sr. High. Both Edgewood Jr. /Sr. High and Freedom 7 Elementary were recognized in 2008. Three elementary Blue Ribbon Schools: Port Malabar, Robert Louis Stevenson and Suntree were recognized in 2007.  Gemini was recognized in 2005 and West Shore earned the honor in 2004.

The U.S. Department of Education will honor 264 public and 50 private schools at a recognition ceremony in Washington, DC on November 12 and 13. Each school will receive a plaque and a flag to signify their status as National Blue Ribbon Schools.

The following are Brevard public schools that have been named National Blue Ribbon Schools since the award’s inception in 1982.



Thomas Jefferson Middle School


Dr. W. J. Creel Elementary School


Gemini Elementary School

1988 and 2005

Holland Elementary School


Gardendale Elementary Magnet School


West Shore Jr./Sr. High School

2004 and 2012

Port Malabar Elementary School


Robert Louis Stevenson Elementary School of the Arts


Suntree Elementary School


Edgewood Jr./Sr. High School


Freedom 7 Elementary School of International Studies


Cocoa Beach Jr./Sr. High School


Ralph Williams Elementary School


West Melbourne Elementary School for Science


For more information, please contact Marshall at 321-956-5040 or or Fleming at 321-242-4730 or