(FOX19) - Six Tri-State schools are celebrating this week for achieving Blue Ribbon status.
The National Blue Ribbon School award honors public and private elementary, middle and high schools where students achieve at high levels or where the achievement gap is narrowing. Since 1982, more than 6,500 of America's schools have received this coveted award.
This year, 304 schools were recognized as National Blue Ribbon Schools.
The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private schools based on one of two criteria: 1) Schools whose students are high performing. These are schools ranked among each state's highest performing schools as measured by their performance on state assessments or, in the case of private schools, that score at the highest performance level on nationally-normed tests; or 2) Schools with at least 40 percent of their students from disadvantaged backgrounds that improve student performance to high levels as measured by the school's performance on state assessments or nationally-normed tests.
The local schools making the list include:
- Woodfill Elementary School, Fort Thomas, Ky.
- All Saints School, Cincinnati, Ohio
- Kings Mills Elementary School, Kings Mill, Ohio
- Putman Elementary School, Blanchester, Ohio
- St. Columban School, Loveland, Ohio
- Springboro high School, Springboro, Ohio
Winning schools will be honored in November during a ceremony in Washington, D.C.