One local school is among eight nominated for the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program, which recognizes academic excellence or progress in improving student achievement.

State Superintendent Tony Evers this week announced that Mountain Bay Elementary School in Weston, part of the D.C. Everest School District, is among this year’s nominees. Schools in Laona, Madison, Mequon, New Berlin, Phillips, West Salem and Whitewater are also nominated.

The Blue Ribbon Schools Program has recognized more than 8,500 of America’s schools since it began in 1982. To be considered for the program, schools must be among the top schools in the state for overall achievement on statewide assessments or closing achievement gaps between student groups. Schools nominated to the program must complete the Blue Ribbon Schools application and undergo the national review process. Awards, presented to “Exemplary High Performing” and “Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing” schools, are typically announced in early September.

“The Blue Ribbon Schools program recognizes the hard work of students, educators, families, and communities in striving for solid student academic achievement,” Evers says. “Our public school nominees provide a safe and supportive learning environment where young people can build a foundation for future academic and life success. I wish our nominees well in the next phase of the Blue Ribbon School process.”