"It is an honor to recognize the schools, and the students, parents, teachers and administrators who helped earn this most prestigious distinction," State Superintendent of Schools Jack O'Connell said Monday.
Many of the schools on the list have a significant proportion of students who are not native English speakers or are living below the poverty line. The schools making the list all posted improvements in the Academic Performance Index and showed gains in the area of Adequate Yearly Progress.
"I encourage educators throughout our state to review the signature practices that distinguished schools are using to improve student achievement," O'Connell said.
Nineteen of the county's districts had schools on the list.