St. Augustine, in Elkridge, named National Blue Ribbon School

St. Augustine School in Elkridge is one of 10 Maryland schools — and the only one in Howard County — to be named a 2012 National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education.

The department announced the honorees Friday morning. St. Augustine was one of only 50 parochial schools nationwide to receive the honor, according to a release from the school.

"National Blue Ribbon Schools are committed to accelerating student achievement and preparing students for success in college and careers," U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said in a news release. "Their success is an example for others to follow."

Since 1982, the U.S. Department of Education has honored public and private schools with the National Blue Ribbon. Winners must be ranked among each state's highest performing schools, based on state or national assessments, or have at least 40 percent of their students from disadvantaged backgrounds shoe improvement on assessments.

St. Augustine will be honored with a plaque and flag at an awards ceremony Nov. 12 in Washington, D.C.

According to the school's website, St. Augustine was founded in 1857 and has 274 students in grades K-8. Part of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, St. Augustine is affiliated with the School Sisters of Notre Dame.

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