Two Hawaii schools have been recognized as national Blue Ribbon Schools this year for their overall academic excellence or progress in closing achievement gaps.
The two schools are Noelani Elementary in Honolulu and Helemano Elementary in Wahiawa.
“National Blue Ribbon Schools are proof that we can prepare every child for college and meaningful careers," said U.S. Secretary of Education John King on Thursday, in announcing the winners.
"Your schools are on the cutting edge, pioneering innovative educational practices—professional learning communities, project-based learning, social and emotional learning, positive behavior systems—making you shining examples for your communities, your state and the nation.”
The two Hawaii schools are among 279 public and 50 private schools nationally awarded this year. They'll be formally recognized in a ceremony in Washington, D.C. in November.