Eighty members of the Baltimore School for the Arts Chorus today represented their school as one of the U.S. Department of Education's 222 "Blue Ribbon Schools."
The chorus performed today in the Great Hall of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington.
Choral director David Simon and deans Leslie Seyffert and Wayne King attended an awards ceremony and luncheon, where President Bush spoke.
The "Blue Ribbon" schools -- both public and private -- were selected by the Department of Education based on questionnaires and a two-day site visit.
Education Secretary Lamar Alexander said the Blue Ribbon schools represent the "qualities of excellence" to be found in "tomorrow's break-the-mold schools."
They were chosen for their demonstrations of leadership, curriculum, teaching, student environment, parent and community support, student achievement and organizational vitality.
The School for the Arts is one of just six Maryland schools named Blue Ribbon schools this year, and the only one in Baltimore.