Two Hanahan schools are among five statewide nominated for a top national honor.
Hanahan Elementary and Hanahan Middle were nominated for the 2014 National Blue Ribbon Schools Awards by the S.C. Department of Education, state Superintendent of Education Mick Zais announced Monday.
The other nominees are Royall Elementary in Florence School District 1; Socastee Elementary in Horry County School District; and West View Elementary in Spartanburg School District 6.
"I am excited to nominate five of our highest performing schools for this prestigious award," Zais said. "Students, teachers, and parents of these extraordinary public schools should be proud of this achievement and what it means for their communities."
Berkeley County Superintendent Rodney Thompson was not available for comment Monday.
The program, run by the U.S. Department of Education, honors public and private schools that are either high-performing or that demonstrate gains in student achievement despite having a high percentage of disadvantaged students. South Carolina may nominate up to five schools annually per federal guidelines.
The nominees, with more than 50 percent of students from disadvantaged backgrounds, have made significant gains in performance, Zais said. They all received "A" ratings under South Carolina's federal report card.
Each is in the Exemplary High Performing Schools category, meaning their students scored within the top 15 percent of all schools statewide.
The recipients will be announced later this year.
Local schools that have won recently include Charles Pinckney Elementary and Howe Hall Arts Infused Magnet (2010), Marrington Middle School of the Arts (2012) and Flowertown Elementary (2013).