Another Williamson County school is earning national attention for overall academic excellence.

The U.S. Department of Education announced October 1 that Scales Elementary is among this year’s National Blue Ribbon Schools.

“This is a major achievement, and I am so proud of the students and staff at Scales Elementary,” said Superintendent Dr. Mike Looney. “As a district, we now have 10 schools to reach this major milestone.”

The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes public and private elementary, middle and high schools that are either high-performing or have improved student achievement to high levels. The program sets a standard of excellence for all schools striving for the highest level of achievement.

Scales Elementary School Principal Dr. Melonye Lowe says this would not have been possible without the commitment of all the students, staff and parents.

“We are proud of the hard work and commitment to excellence demonstrated by our entire school community,” said Lowe. “It is our privilege to serve the Scales community, and we are particularly proud of what receiving this esteemed award means for our students as they continue to pursue their educational goals.”

Scales Elementary will be honored during a recognition ceremony November 7-8 in Washington, D.C. Fewer than 8,800 schools nationwide have received Blue Ribbon Awards in the program’s history.

Grassland Middle was named a National Blue Ribbon School in 2004; Brentwood Middle received the award in 2006; Page High won the award in 2011; Hillsboro, Kenrose and Trinity received the award in 2014; Clovercroft and Ravenwood won the award in 2015; and Brentwood Middle and Walnut Grove received the award in 2016.