Two local elementary schools were recognized as National Blue Ribbon Schools on Tuesday.
Snowville Elementary in Pulaski County and Forest Hills Elementary in Danville were two of the total of ten schools recognized in Virginia as National Blue Ribbon Schools.
The Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private K-12 schools that are either academically superior or that demonstrate dramatic gains in student achievement, according to a news release.
The other public schools recognized include Carrsville Elementary in Isle of Wight County, Garrisonville Elementary in Stafford County, L.L. Beazley Elementary in Prince George County, Meriwether Lewis Elementary in Albemarle County, and Westbriar Elementary in Fairfax County.
All seven public 2013 National Blue Ribbon Schools earned awards earlier this year through the Virginia Index of Performance program. Snowville Elementary and Westbriar Elementary earned the Board of Education Excellence Award; and Carrsville Elementary, Forest Hills Elementary, Garrisonville Elementary, L.L. Beazley Elementary and Meriwether Lewis Elementary earned the Board of Education Distinguished Achievement Award.
National Blue Ribbon Schools are selected based on one of two criteria: performance on state assessments, or in the case of private schools, performance on national standardized tests; or schools with at least 40 percent of students from disadvantaged backgrounds that raise achievement as measured by state assessments or national standardized tests.
The US Department of Education will honor all of the nation’s 2013 National Blue Ribbon Schools during a conference and awards ceremony November 18-19 in Washington, DC.