Five Delaware schools are among 329 that U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. recognized as 2016 National Blue Ribbon Schools.

Five Delaware schools are 2016 National Blue Ribbon Schools, based on overall academic excellence or progress in improving student academic achievement.

Christ the Teacher Catholic School in Newark, Dover Air Force Base Middle School in the Caesar Rodney School District, Newark Charter School, St. John the Beloved School in Wilmington and Sussex Academy charter school in Georgetown will be honored at an awards ceremony Nov. 7-8 in Washington, D.C. The school leaders will be invited to attend the national awards ceremony with a teacher representative from each of their schools.

The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private elementary, middle and high schools where students achieve high learning standards or are making notable improvements in closing the achievement gap.

The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes schools in one of two performance categories. The first category is Exemplary High Performing Schools, in which schools are among their state’s highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests. The second category is Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing Schools, in which schools are among their state’s highest performing schools in closing achievement gaps between a school’s subgroups and all students over the past five years. Student subgroup performance for each subgroup is at high levels.