TUSD’s Sabino High School is receiving national recognition for overall academic excellence.

The Tucson school, at 5000 N. Bowes Road on the northeast side, is one of only four across the state to be named a 2013 National Blue Ribbon School.

The award, from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, recognizes exemplary high performing schools and exemplary improving schools.

Sabino, which has been labeled excelling or A-rated for 12 consecutive years, is considered to be an exemplary high-performing school. More than 1,000 students are enrolled at the school this year.

“This recognition from the U.S. Department of Education validates our staff’s, students’ and parents’ commitment to excellence in education,” said Sabino Principal Matt Munger. “It is an honor to be the principal at a high school whose community is 100 percent dedicated to academic success.”

The U.S. Department of Education will honor 236 public and 50 private schools at a recognition ceremony in November in Washington, D.C.

“Excellence in education matters, and we should honor the schools that are leading the way to prepare students for success in college and careers,” Duncan said in a news release.

Sabino students’ SAT and ACT exam scores exceed state and national averages, and 92 percent of students enroll in college. Sabino grads have also earned between $6 million and $13 million in scholarships and awards annually.

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The Department of Education requested nominations from the top education official in every state. Duncan then invited every nominated school to submit an application for possible recognition.

Other Arizona schools receiving the honor are: Chandler Traditional Academy — Liberty Campus; Francisco Vasquez de Coronado Elementary School in Nogales; and Xavier College Preparatory Roman Catholic High School in Phoenix.

“This is a proud day for these four schools,” said Arizona schools chief John Huppenthal. “This award recognizes a commitment to excellence in education — and more importantly, a commitment to our students.”

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