Return to Headlines

National Blue Ribbon School 2020

The National Blue Ribbon Schools 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 which demonstrate that all students can achieve to high levels. 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.” (National Blue Ribbon School Website

“Bioscience High School, with Dr. Holly Batsell’s steady leadership for the past four years, is routinely ranked as one of the top high schools in Arizona, earning an “A” for the past two years”, said PXU Superintendent Dr. Chad Gestson. “With an emphasis on an integrated, rigorous curriculum while incorporating science, technology, engineering, and math, Dr. Batsell has successfully focused on increasing ACT scores and increasing student enrollment and retention. She has high expectations for herself and her staff.” Dr. Gestson continued, “these expectations have translated into positive and supportive school culture. This, in turn, consistently promotes student success. Bioscience students receive hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships each year and many go on to successful STEM careers. The honor of being named a National Blue Ribbon School is a reflection of the hard work and dedication of all Bioscience staff.”