RICHMOND, Virginia — Twelve Virginia schools are being honored by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.
Each has been named a National Blue Ribbon school, signifying academic rigor and dramatic gains in student achievement.
Seven public schools and five private schools are being recognized.
The public schools are Central High School in Woodstock, Cosby High in Midlothian, Crystal Spring Elementary in Roanoke, Great Neck Middle School in Virginia Beach, Patrick Henry Elementary in Arlington, Riverheads High in Staunton and Snow Creek Elementary in Penhook.
The private schools are Christ the King Catholic School in Norfolk, Immanuel Christian School in Springfield, Our Lady of Hope Catholic School in Potomac Falls, St. Mark Catholic School in Vienna and Trinity Lutheran School in Newport News.
They'll be recognized at a ceremony in November in Washington, D.C.