A Dallastown elementary school was named a 2013 National Blue Ribbon School on Tuesday for its overall academic excellence.
Loganville-Springfield Elementary School is one of 15 schools in Pennsylvania to receive the designation, announced by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.
Dallastown Superintendent Ron Dyer said the district was notified the school was in the running for the honor several months ago, at which point the district completed a nomination packet.
But, he said, the final announcement was indeed exciting.
Dyer said the school was designated as "exemplary high performance," which was a welcome surprise. Schools in that category are recognized among their state's highest-performing schools, as measured by state assessments.
Dyer said Principal Scott Carl acknowledged the teamwork that went into the honor.
"It's a tribute to his school, but also to the district," Dyer said.
The superintendent said the curriculum Loganville-Springfield uses was developed in a district-wide effort.
"We look at the way in which children learn and we try to reflect that in a way that's engaging and relevant for our students," Dyer said.
The Department of Education will honor the designated schools at a ceremony Nov. 18 and 19 in Washington, D.C. Dyer said a school celebration will likely occur after the national event.
The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has given the award to nearly 7,500 schools in the nation in its 31-year history. The department requests nomination information from the top education official in every state.
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