A Leon County elementary school is basking in the spotlight Wednesday. It received one of the highest honors a school can get.
Killearn Lakes is one of only two schools in Florida to achieve national blue ribbon school status this year, and Wednesday morning, parents, teachers and students held a special celebration.
Killearn Lakes Elementary is already an "A" school under state standards, but now it can add “blue ribbon school” to its list of achievements.
Lisa Branch, a teacher, says, "Such a sense of pride because you know how few get picked out only about 250 out of 100,000 nationally."
The award recognizes excellence in every category from academic achievement to parent participation. School officials say that makes for a winning combination that produces successful students and contributing citizens.
More than 800 students call Killearn Lakes Elementary School home. They say being recognized for their educational excellence feels great.
Fewer than 300 schools nationwide can claim to be blue ribbon schools, but the impact of Killearn's success extends far beyond its bricks and mortar. With fewer than 300 of all of the nation's public and private schools being chosen as blue ribbon schools, that's less than half a percent of all schools.
Killearn Lakes is the third Leon County school to be designated a national blue ribbon school. Kate Sullivan and Hawks Rise Elementary hold the title as well.