RICHMOND (AP) -- Two schools in Hampton Roads are among 10 in Virginia named as 2013 National Blue Ribbon Schools.
The U.S. Department of Education announced the awards Tuesday for 286 schools nationwide.
The Virginia schools are: Carrsville Elementary in Isle of Wight County; St. Patrick Catholic School in Norfolk; Forest Hills Elementary in Danville; Garrisonville Elementary in Stafford County; L.L. Beazley Elementary in Prince George County; Meriwether Lewis Elementary in Albemarle County; Snowville Elementary in Pulaski County; Westbriar Elementary in Fairfax County; Sacred Heart Academy in Winchester and St. Veronica Catholic School in Chantilly.
The program that began in 1982 recognizes public and private elementary, middle and high schools that are either high performing or have raised student achievement to high levels.
“Great things are happening at Carrsville Elementary each and every day. I am so proud of the work of our teachers, staff, students, parents, and volunteers, and this award speaks to the dedication and commitment of the CES family," said Carrsville ES Principal Laura Matthews.
About 250 PreK-5 students attend Carrsville. County school officials say the school has earned the Title I Distinguished School Award every year since becoming a Title I school in 2008.
School Board Chairman Robert Eley noted, “This school is located in an area of our county that has recently faced tough economic times – particularly with the closing of the International Paper Mill and cutbacks at other local employers. I am very proud of the perseverance of all of the students, teachers and staff at Carrsville Elementary because it is a shining example of how excellence can still be achieved when we all work together.”
The schools will be recognized at a ceremony in November in Washington, D.C.