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Principal Anu Ebbe announces the opening of the new playground at Shorewood Hills Elementary School in early September. The school received national recognition for its academic performance this week from the U.S. Department of Education when it became one of 342 schools named a National Blue Ribbon School.

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Nine Wisconsin public schools, including Shorewood Hills Elementary in Madison, have been named Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education for overall academic excellence or progress in improving their student academic achievement.

Shorewood Hills Elementary in the Madison School District is one of 342 public and private schools nationwide to be named a Blue Ribbon School for 2017. The school at 1105 Shorewood Boulevard is in the West High attendance area.

Over the past 35 years, more than 8,500 schools have received the honor. To be considered for the program, public schools must be among the top schools in the state for overall achievement on statewide assessments or for closing achievement gaps between student groups.

State Superintendent Tony Evers nominated the eight public schools last fall, with the one private school nominated through the Council for American Private Education. Each school will receive a plaque and flag, and a principal and teacher from each will attend a November recognition ceremony in Washington, D.C.

“Nationwide, only a few schools achieve Blue Ribbon status each year,” Evers said in a statement. “The Blue Ribbon program recognizes the hard work of students, educators, families and communities in striving for solid student academic achievement in a safe and supportive learning environment.”

The state’s other winners were: Mountain Bay Elementary in D.C. Everest Area School District in Weston; Blessed Sacrament School in La Crosse; Robinson Elementary School, Laona School District; Oriole Lane Elementary School, Mequon-Thiensville School District; Elmwood Elementary School, New Berlin School District; Phillips Elementary School, Phillips School District; West Salem Elementary School, West Salem School District; and Washington Elementary School, Whitewater Unified School District.

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Karen Rivedal is the education beat reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal.