BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The United States Department of Education recognized nine Louisiana schools Tuesday as 2015 National Blue Ribbon Schools, with four of them located in East Baton Rouge Parish.
The program honors high-performing schools and those that have closed achievement gaps.
State Superintendent John White said the following schools and districts have earned a distinguished honor, proving Louisiana's students are as smart and capable as any in America.
"The outstanding efforts of the students, faculty and administration at these schools demonstrate the high level of academic achievement that can be accomplished with hard work, determination and a shared desire to succeed," White said in a written release.
Public schools Baton Rouge Magnet High School and LSU Laboratory School as well as was private schools St. Aloysius Catholic School and St. James Episcopal Day School were recognized as an exemplary high-performing schools. All will be honored in November at an awards ceremony in Washington, DC.
Other schools in Louisiana that will be represented at that ceremony include Martin Petitjean Elementary School in Acadia Parish, Pointe-Aux-Chenes Elementary School in Terrebonne Parish, South Crowley Elementary School in Acadia Parish, St. Paul's School in St. Tammany Parish, and Benjamin Franklin High School in Orleans Parish.