Six Louisiana schools — four public and two private — were named Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence by the U.S. Department of Education on Tuesday.
Two of those schools are in Mandeville: Tchefuncte Middle School, a public school; and Our Lady of the Lake, a private school.
Tchefuncte Middle School is a first-time winner while Our Lady of the Lake is earning its second Blue Ribbon; its first was in 2004.
In Meraux, Joseph J. Davies Elementary School, a St. Bernard Parish public school, also was named a Blue Ribbon School.
The award goes to schools that either are among the nation’s top performers or have shown significant progress in improving student achievement.
Other statewide schools named were Parkview Elementary, a public school in Baton Rouge; Catholic High, also in Baton Rouge and a five-time winner; and Rosepine High School, a public school in Vernon Parish, that also was a first-time winner.
Catholic High is one of three schools in the country to receive the recognition numerous times.
The U.S. Department of Education will honor 287 public and 50 private schools at a ceremony on Nov. 10-11 in Washington, D.C. Almost 7,900 schools have been honored since the federal agency gave out its first Blue Ribbons in 1982.
“Our students are just as smart and capable as any in the country,” state Superintendent of Education John White said in a statement.