Lake Superior Elementary School has earned statewide recognition for closing achievement gaps for students.

The school, 6300 E. Third Street, is one of eight top-performing schools that State Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor has nominated for Blue Ribbon School status, according to a news release sent by the state Department of Public Instruction.

On its most recent state-issued School Report Card, Lake Superior Elementary scored in the top 15 percent on the closing gaps section.

Principal Dan Arvidson-Hicks said he is "incredibly proud" of his staff members and students.

“This nomination is a recognition of their dedication and hard work," he said.

District Administrator Amy Starzecki said the school demonstrates the district's mission and vision for its students: that all students can achieve at high levels.

“Lake Superior Elementary is living out what we mean when we say ‘all means all’,” she said.

The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes the highest performing schools in the state. Schools nominated to the program must complete the Blue Ribbon Schools application and undergo a national review process. Awards are presented to up to eight public schools that fall into one or both of two categories — high performing schools and achievement gap closing schools.

This isn’t the first time a Douglas County school has been recognized. In 2018, Iron River Elementary School in the Maple School District was nominated and went on to earn the national Blue Ribbon award. At the time, Iron River Principal Brad Larrabee said receiving national Blue Ribbon status is a principal's equivalent to winning the Super Bowl.

The Blue Ribbon Schools Program has recognized more than 9,000 of America’s schools since it began in 1982. National winners will be announced in September.