State schools Superintendent Nancy S. Grasmick announced yesterday that Centennial Lane Elementary School in Ellicott City has been named one of six Maryland Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence for 2003.
"These schools are models for all Maryland schools," Grasmick said in a written statement. "They exemplify high levels of achievement."
At Centennial Lane, more than 95 percent of the students who took the Maryland math and reading assessments passed both exams - the highest overall pass rate in the county and the sixth-highest in the state.
"It's recognition that we're doing the job that we're supposed to be doing," said Centennial Lane Principal Robert Bruce. "We have a wonderful community here that works very hard. It's a recognition to those people that they've worked extremely hard and that our students are achieving."
The other five schools are in Baltimore, Prince George's, Caroline, Montgomery and Worcester counties.
They will all represent the state as contenders for national Blue Ribbon Schools awards, to be given out in September by the U.S. Department of Education.