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Seven Roma ISD Schools Earn Gold Ribbon Recognition from Children at Risk


Children at Risk annually honors schools that rise beyond expectations and excel academically as Gold Ribbon Schools, which are determined as high-poverty, high-performing schools. In order to qualify as a Children at Risk Gold Ribbon School, 75 percent or more of a campus’ students must be classified as low-income, and the school must receive an A or B grade in the group’s annual academic school rankings.  Charter and magnet schools are not eligible. Seven Roma ISD schools earned the Gold Ribbon recognition.


F.J. Scott Elementary School, Emma Vera Elementary School, R.T. Barrera Elementary School, R.& C. Saenz Elementary School, Delia G. Garcia Elementary School (formerly Y.B. Escobar Elementary School) and Veterans Memorial Elementary all earned the recognition as six of only 392 elementary schools in the state named as Gold Ribbon Schools. There are 4,549 elementary schools in Texas.

Roma Middle School was also named a Gold Ribbon School, and is one of just 72 middle schools in the state of Texas to earn the recognition. There are 2,068 middle schools in Texas and Roma Middle School is the highest ranking middle school for academics in Starr County based on the Children at Risk rankings.


According to Children at Risk, for many years, Gold Ribbon Schools have been nonexistent or rare. However, the proportion of eligible schools achieving Gold Ribbon distinction has increased in recent years. The group believes Gold Ribbon Schools operate with a variety of characteristics that formulate success including setting a high bar for academic achievement, communication with families, using data to make decisions about what does and does not work for their students, supporting whole child development through extensive extracurricular activities, and continually looking for resources to help improve opportunities for students and the communities they serve.


“Our schools continue to set the bar for excellence, showing what is possible when you work collaboratively with others in the district to achieve optimal results for all students,” said Roma ISD Superintendent Carlos Guzman. “We will continue to set high expectations for our Gladiator Nation children because we know that economic conditions should have no bearing on or limit the abilities of our students; we will continue to ‘believe it and achieve it’. Thank you to everyone at Roma ISD, especially our students and parents for their dedication and support of the RISD philosophy of commitment to excellence.”


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Seven Roma ISD Schools Earn Gold Ribbon Recognition from Children at Risk.