The U.S. Department of Education announced Thursday that three east metro schools will be recognized as 2020 National Blue Ribbon Schools.
In total, eight Minnesota schools will be receiving the honor this year.
Each of the winning east metro schools was nominated for efforts to close the achievement gap. They are:
Other Minnesota winners include: Houston Elementary, Jefferson Elementary in Mankato, Northside Elementary in St. James, Richmond Elementary and Sunset Hill Elementary in Plymouth.
The award recognizes schools that perform highly on state, national standardized tests and schools that were the most successful at closing achievement gaps between students. There were 367 schools recognized nationally.
The awards ceremony will be held virtually on Nov. 12-13.