Manzanita Elementary School has been named a 2012 National Blue Ribbon School.
The honor was bestowed on more than 200 schools across the country. However, only three Arizona schools were selected and of those, Manzanita was the only one in the Tucson-area.
The award honors public and private elementary, middle and high schools where students perform at very high levels or where significant improvements are being made in students’ levels of achievement.
In the case of Manzanita, which is part of the Catalina Foothills School District, it is considered to be among the state’s highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally-normed tests.
The U.S. Department of Education will honor the schools at a recognition ceremony in November in Washington, D.C.
To select National Blue Ribbon schools, the Department of Education requests nominations from the top education official in every state. Nominated schools must then submit an application for possible recognition.
Other Tucson schools that have received the Blue Ribbon designation in recent years include Ocotillo Elementary (2004), St. Cyril Catholic School (2004), Tucson Hebrew Academy (2005), University High School (2005), Presidio School (2007) and the Academy of Math and Science (2008).