The U.S. Department of Education on Thursday recognized six Nebraska schools, including Creighton Prep and Marian Catholic High School, as National Blue Ribbon Schools.
Also receiving the annual honor were Standing Bear Elementary School in Omaha, Pyrtle Elementary School in Lincoln, David City Elementary School in David City and Concordia Academy in Omaha.
They are among 367 schools in 46 states, the District of Columbia and Department of Defense Education Activity schools in Alabama, North Carolina, Germany and Japan recognized for achievement.
Schools can be honored for overall academic excellence or their progress in closing academic achievement gaps among student subgroups.
All six Nebraska schools were selected based on high performance on state assessments or nationally normed tests.
Omaha-area high schools ranked by 2019 ACT scores
Elkhorn South High School: 25.7
Elkhorn High School: 24.4
Millard North High School: 23.5
Millard West High School: 22.6
Gretna High School: 22.5
Papillion-La Vista South High School: 21.6
Westside High School: 21.6
Papillion-La Vista High School: 21
Millard South High School: 20.7
Bellevue West High School: 20.2
Bellevue East High School: 19.5
Omaha Burke High School: 18.8
Omaha Central High School: 18.6
Omaha North High School: 17.4
Omaha Northwest High School: 15.9
Omaha South High School: 15.6
Omaha Bryan High School: 15.1
Benson High School: 14.7
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