3 Elementary Schools Recognized For Academic Excellence

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Three West Virginia elementary schools have gotten national recognition for academic excellence.

Putnam County’s Rock Branch Elementary, Raleigh County’s Crescent Elementary and Wood County’s Criss Elementary were named Tuesday as 2021 National Blue Ribbon Schools, the Charleston Gazette-Mail reported, citing a statement from the U.S. Department of Education.

The were among 325 schools across the nation to be recognized, the release said.

“It is an understatement to say these schools have gone above and beyond to earn the National Blue Ribbon award,” West Virginia Board of Education President Miller Hall said in a statement. “The fact they were able to participate in this competitive process during this time while still caring for their children is impressive.”

All three schools were among the state's highest performing on standardized tests.