The U.S. Department of Education selected the schools based on either high test scores or success closing the achievement gap.
The 2015 National Blue Ribbon Schools award winners in Delaware are Cape Henlopen High School in Lewes, Delaware, Lake Forest East Elementary School in Frederica, Delaware, and W.B. Simpson Elementary School in Camden, Delaware.
No schools in New Castle County were recognized this year. This is the fifth year in a row that Delaware has had three Blue Ribbon schools.
The three Delaware winners are among 335 public and private schools across the country to earn Blue Ribbon status this year. The U.S. Department of Education started the Blue Ribbon program in 1982, and has since honored over 8,000 schools, including 46 in Delaware.
Principals from each of the award-winning schools are invited to attend a November ceremony in Washington D.C.