When Crofton Meadows Elementary was in January, it meant the school would be considered for national recognition.
On Friday, the school system announced is the 12th county school to be named a National Blue Ribbon School by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. It also became the second school in the South River cluster to receive the award, along with May Elementary in 1996-97.
Southern High also received the recognition for the 2008-09 school year.
Crofton Meadows is one of 269 schools across the country to be nationally recognized, according to a press release from Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS).
“We are ecstatic about this recognition,” Crofton Meadows Principal Derek Burns said in a press release. “This award is the ultimate culmination of our 23-year legacy of exceptional teachers and staff, supportive parents, and—most of all—talented students.”
According to the AACPS press release, the criteria for National Blue Ribbon Schools is based on "the ability of schools with at least 40 percent of their students from disadvantaged backgrounds to dramatically improve student performance to high levels on state tests; or schools whose students, regardless of background, rank among their state’s highest performing schools on state assessments."
The school celebrated its with an assembly attended by numerous local and state officials in May.