Secretary Cardona congratulates recipients in President’s Education Awards Program

U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona recently congratulated the 2021 President’s Education Awards Program (PEAP) recipients, recognizing nearly 1.85 million elementary, middle, and high school graduates on their educational accomplishments.

The students come from more than 18,750 public, private, and military schools from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and American military bases abroad. Many came from public and private schools in Miami-Dade County (see list).

“President Biden and I are thrilled to recognize this year’s honorees and celebrate their accomplishments with the nation, along with their families, teachers, and communities who helped them along their educational journey,” Secretary Cardona said. “For all the hardships and heartache over the last school year, I firmly believe that we, as a country— and this rising generation — can emerge from this challenging time even stronger. The President’s Education Award Program honorees have forged opportunity out of crisis and drawn on their resolve, their ingenuity, and their tireless optimism to excel.”

PEAP was founded in 1983. Every year since then, the program has provided our nation’s schools with the opportunity to recognize graduating students who meet high standards of academic excellence and those who have given their best effort, often overcoming obstacles to their learning.

Each year, eligible graduating K-12 students are selected by their school principals for recognition in two categories:

The President’s Award for Educational Excellence — This award recognizes academic success in the classroom. To be eligible, students must meet requirements, including grade point average or other school-set criteria and choice of state tests or teacher recommendations.

The President’s Award for Educational Achievement — This award recognizes students who show outstanding educational growth, improvement, commitment, or intellectual development in their academic subjects but do not meet the criteria for the Educational Excellence Award. Its purpose is to encourage and reward students who give their best effort, often in the face of obstacles. Criteria for this award are developed at each school.

Individual recognition is bestowed by the President and the U.S. Secretary of Education, in partnership with the National Association of Elementary School Principals and the National Association of Secondary School Principals. The award includes a congratulatory letter to the student and a certificate signed by the President, the Secretary, and the school principal.

Unlike other awards programs, the principal has sole discretion in choosing recipients based on eligibility. There is no limit on the number of awards as long as students meet the criteria for each award set by the school.

Despite the uncertainty and challenges related to COVID-19, the program continued to accept and fulfill nominations so that student recognition could continue.

Participating schools in Miami-Dade County included:
Ada Merritt K-8 Center
Air Base K-8 Center
Alexander School
American Cooperative School
American School of Tegucigalpa
Archimedean Academy
Arthur & Polly Mays Conservatory of the Arts
Balboa Academy
Banyan Elementary School
Bent Tree Elementary
Biscayne Gardens Elementary
Blue Lakes Elementary
Brito Miami Private School
Calusa Elementary
Carol Morgan School
Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart
Champagnat Catholic School
Christopher Columbus High School
Colegio Decroly Americano
Colegio Nueva Granada
Colonial Christian School
Conchita Espinosa Academy
Coral Park Elementary
Coral Way K-8 Center
Cypress K-8 Center
Discovery School
Doctors Charter School
Downtown Doral Charter Elementary
Dr. Gilbert L. Porter Elementary
Dr. Manuel Barreiro Elementary
Edison Private School
Epiphany Catholic School
Escuela Panamericana of San Salvador
Everglades K-8 Center
Everglades Preparatory Academy
EWF Stirrup Elementary
Florida Christian School
Frank C Martin K-8 Center
Gladeview Christian School
Good Shepherd Catholic School
Greater Miami Adventist Academy
Greenglade Elementary School
Gulfstream Elementary School
Hallbridge Preparatory
Hammocks Middle School
Homestead Senior High School
Horeb Christian School
HRSR Catholic School
Immaculate Conception Catholic School
James H. Bright Elementary School
John A. Ferguson Senior High School
Jose Marti School 1
Just Kids Centers
Kendale Lakes Elementary
Kendall Christian School
Kidworks USA
Killian Oaks Academy
King’s Christian School
Kinloch Park Elementary
La Scuola
Lawton Chiles Middle School
Lincoln International Academy
Macris School
Mandelstam School
Mater Grove Academy
Meadowlane Elementary School
Miami Christian School
Miami Gardens Elementary School
Palmetto Elementary
Palmetto Middle School
Pinecrest Elementary School
Pinecrest Glades Academy K-12
Redland Elementary
Rockway Elementary
Rosemont Academy
Scheck Hillel Community School
Shenandoah Elementary
Silver Bluff Elementary
South Hialeah Elementary
Springview Elementary
St. Agatha Catholic School
St. Augustine Prep
St. Brendan High School
St. Hugh Catholic School
St. John Neumann School
St. Kevin Catholic School
St. Lawrence School
St. Michael the Archangel School
St. Rose of Lima Catholic School
St. Thomas the Apostle School
St. Timothy Catholic Parish School
Sunflowers Academy
Sunset Elementary
Sunset Preparatory School
Sylvania Heights Elementary School
The Cushman School
The Sagemont School
Union School
Village Green Elementary School
Village School
West Hialeah Gardens Elementary
Westminster Christian School
Westwood Christian School
Yeshiva Toras Chaim School

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