Marrington Middle School receives national award

Students celebrate start of 2012-13 school year. (Source:
Students celebrate start of 2012-13 school year. (Source:

GOOSE CREEK, SC (WCSC/AP) - The U.S. Education Department has named Marrington Middle School of the Arts as a model of excellence. 

Officials announced the state's National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2012 Friday.  Marrington Middle School is one of five South Carolina schools honored with the distinction, among roughly 300 winners nationwide.

The other schools honored are Hammond Hill Elementary in Aiken County, Forestbrook Elementary in Horry County, Oak Grove Elementary in Lexington District 1 and South Kilbourne Elementary in Richland District 1.

South Carolina's winners were chosen because of dramatic gains in students' English and math test scores. More than half of the schools' students live in poverty. All received an "A'' on their 2012 federal report cards.

Awards ceremonies will be held in Washington in November. Schools will receive Blue Ribbon School flags and engraved plaques.

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