Gretna No. 2 Academy Named a 2012 National Blue Ribbon School

Gretna No. 2 Academy for Advanced Studies, a high performing elementary school in the Jefferson Parish Public School System (JPPSS), was named a 2012 Blue Ribbon School today by the U.S. Department of Education.

Five Louisiana schools were also honored, with Gretna No. 2 being the only school recognized in the Greater New Orleans area. A total of 269 schools were honored by the U.S. Department of Education this year.

“Congratulations to the students and the staff of Gretna No. 2 Academy for this national honor,” said Acting Superintendent Meza. “We in the Jefferson Parish community are extremely proud of all those at Gretna No. 2 for their hard work and outstanding performance.”

The National Blue Ribbon Schools program began in 1982 to honor schools that are either academically superior or that demonstrates dramatic gains in student achievement.

Gretna No. 2 Academy opened six years ago as one of the district’s Advanced Academies for high-achieving students. Since then, it has consistently ranked as one of the best public schools in Jefferson Parish and the state of Louisiana.

Gretna No. 2 is the third JPPSS school to be named a Blue Ribbon School in since 2010. Past honorees in the district include Patrick F. Taylor Science & Technology Academy, a 2010 Blue Ribbon School, and Metairie Academy for Advanced Studies, which was recognized in 2011.

Gretna No. 2 and other Blue Ribbon Schools will be honored November 12 – 13, 2012, at a recognition ceremony in Washington, D.C. For a full list of the 2012 National Blue Ribbon schools, visit