The Maryland State Department of Education announced Tuesday six schools received Blue Ribbons for exemplary performance and one of the top honors in education.

Glenarden Woods Elementary is the lone school from Prince George’s County that garnered the designation based on test scores from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment. About 82 percent of the students scored at or above expectations in English Language Arts, and about 79 percent received those scores in math.

With about 55 percent of the students identified as economically disadvantaged, Glenarden received a five-star rating in the state’s first and recently released report card.

According to the talented and gifted school’s report card, it received two perfect scores of 100 percent for its credit and access for a “well-rounded curriculum.” It received a 93 percent for students not chronically absent.

“I would like to congratulate and commend the students, principal and teachers of Glenarden Woods Elementary School for their steadfast and combined efforts of excellence,” Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks said in a statement. “Our students are truly some of the best and brightest in the state and this Blue Ribbon award is yet another symbol of the consistency of instruction, administrative best practices and high academic achievement.”

Glenarden will receive a Blue Ribbon flag, $1,000 in office supplies, interactive technology equipment, a school party and a March 11 dinner in Annapolis to be attended by state lawmakers.

The other five Maryland Blue Ribbon schools are: Pinewood Elementary in Baltimore County, Mount Harmony Elementary in Calvert County, Ocean City Elementary in Worchester County, Clarksville Middle School in Howard County and Urbana High School in Frederick County.

Each school can apply for a national Blue Ribbon status with the federal Department of Education.

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