ATLANTA -- Seven public schools and two private schools in Georgia have been named 2011 National Blue Ribbon Schools by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.
The distinction honors schools for helping students achieve at very high levels and making significant progress in closing the achievement gap.
"[These] schools are to be commended for their outstanding student performance," Georgia School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said in a statement. "These awards are just another example of some great things happening in our schools."
Four of Georgia's Blue Ribbon Schools are in Metro Atlanta:
* Big Creek Elementary, Forsyth County
* Fulton Science Academy, Alpharetta
* Peachtree City Elementary, Fayette County
* Timber Ridge Elementary, Cobb County
Also, Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic School in Brookhaven was recognized. The selection for private schools is slightly different than that for public schools.