Three Oahu schools garner 'Blue Ribbon' honor

WASHINGTON D.C. (HawaiiNewsNow) - U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on Friday recognized three Oahu schools as 2012 National Blue Ribbon Schools for their overall academic excellence or for making progress in improving student academic achievement levels.

Enchanted Lake, He'eia and Hokulani Elementary Schools are among 269 schools across the country to receive the honor.

The Department will honor approximately 219 public and 50 private schools at a recognition ceremony on Nov. 12-13 in Washington, D.C.

"Our nation has no greater responsibility than helping all children realize their full potential," Duncan said. "Schools honored with the National Blue Ribbon Schools award are committed to accelerating student achievement and preparing students for success in college and careers. Their work reflects the conviction that every child has promise and that education is the surest pathway to a strong, secure future."

In its 30-year history, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed the award on nearly 7,000 of America's schools.

Each school will receive a plaque and a flag to signify their status as National Blue Ribbon Schools.

For the full list of 2012 Blue Ribbon Schools click, here.

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