Two Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools -- Huntersville Elementary and Providence Spring Elementary -- have been named No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon schools by the Department of Education.
They are among only six schools in North Carolina and 320 nationwide to recveive the award, which is based on academic achievement.
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Three other winning schools were from the Charlotte metro region -- East Elementary in Kings Mountain; Jefferson Elementary in Shelby; and Iron Station Elementary in Lincoln County.
The No Child Left Behind-Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private elementary, middle and high schools that are either academically superior or demonstrate dramatic gains in student achievement to high levels.
Schools are selected based on one of two criteria:
-- Schools with at least 40 percent of their students from disadvantaged backgrounds that dramatically improve student performance on state tests.
-- Schools whose students, regardless of background, achieve in the top 10 percent of their state on state tests -- or, in the case of private schools, in the top 10 percent of the nation on national tests.
Huntersville Elementary is no stranger to this award. It won previously in the 2003-04, 2004-05 and 2006-07 academic years.
"We're thrilled and honored to receive this award," Huntersville Elementary Principal Debbie Mangieri said. "I'm especially proud our staff has received this, because they put so much hard work into what they do."
Providence Spring Elementary Principal Diane Adams said the award is a "nice honor for our teachers and a pat on the back for students and families."
The principal at East Elementary is Kathleen Leffler. Gloria Sherman is principal at Jefferson Elementary, and Bobby Harkey is principal at Iron Station Elementary.