Settles Bridge Elementary School in south Forsyth was named one of 349 2018 National Blue Ribbon Schools, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Education on Monday.
Settles Bridge joined a dozen other schools in the state in being recognized for overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.
"We congratulate the students, staff and parents of Settles Bridge Elementary," said Forsyth County Superintendent Jeff Bearden. "This is a tremendous honor and is well deserved. We are so very proud of all that you do to prepare all learners to lead and succeed."
The Department of Education release states that over the last 36 years, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has recognized more than 8,800 schools in the nation for “the hard work of educators, families and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content.”
“I'm pleased to celebrate with you as your school is named a National Blue Ribbon School,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos in the release. “We recognize and honor your important work in preparing students for successful careers and meaningful lives.
All of the 2018 honorees will be celebrated at an award ceremony in Washington D.C. this November.
In past years, nine other Forsyth County schools have received the National Blue Ribbon designation, including Big Creek Elementary School, Brookwood Elementary School, Daves Creek Elementary School, Johns Creek Elementary School, Otwell Middle School, Riverwatch Middle School, Sharon Elementary School, South Forsyth Middle School and Pinecrest Academy.