The schools awarded the designation in the Baltimore region are: Chadwick Elementary School and Charlesmont Elementary School, both located in Baltimore County; and Folly Quarter Middle School, located in Howard County.
Additionally, two area private schools -- St. Joseph Elementary School in Cockeysville, and St. Mary's Elementary School in Annapolis -- also received the designation.
“Excellence in education matters and we should honor the schools that are leading the way to prepare students for success in college and careers,” Duncan said in a news release. “National Blue Ribbon schools represent examples of educational excellence, and their work reflects the belief that every child in America deserves a world-class education.”
Schools earn a Blue Ribbon by either being among the highest performers on state assessments, or improving achievement levels of its most disadvantaged students.