Morehouse Magnet School was recognized Tuesday as a National Blue Ribbon School for 2013, based on their overall academic excellence or their progress in improving student academic achievement.

"We are so proud to be receiving this kind of recognition," Principal Gwen Seay said. "It's really a great honor for our school."

The National Blue Ribbon Schools award honors public and private elementary, middle and high schools where students perform at very high levels or where significant improvements are being made in students' levels of achievement.

The U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan made the announcement Sept. 24 via the Department's USTREAM channel that can be viewed at The Department of Education will honor the 236 public and 50 private schools at a recognition ceremony Nov. 18 through 19.

"Excellence in education matters and we should honor the schools that are leading the way to prepare students for success in college and careers," Secretary Duncan said. "National Blue Ribbon schools represent examples of educational excellence, and their work reflects the belief that every child in America deserves a world-class education."

To select National Blue Ribbon Schools, the Department requested nominations from the top education official in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Department of Defense Education Activity and the Bureau of Indian Education. The Council for American Private Education nominates private schools. A total of 420 schools nationwide may be nominated, with allocations determined by the numbers of K-12 students and schools in each jurisdiction. The Secretary of Education invites nominated schools to submit an application for possible recognition as a National Blue Ribbon School.

A full list of the 2013 National Blue Ribbon Schools is available at