Delaware schools have earned honors for their students’ academic achievements.

The Delaware Department of Education recently named 15 schools 2017 Recognition Schools, two of which also were designated as National Title I Distinguished Schools. Each school will receive an $8,000 award. Funding for the awards comes from the state's School Improvement funds. Additionally, there are four Schools of Continued Excellence that were honored as Recognition Schools in 2017 and had outstanding performance this year. These schools are not eligible for a financial award again until 2018.

National Title I Distinguished School awards are presented by the National Association of State Title I Directors. Recognition School awards were created by legislation passed by the Delaware General Assembly in 2009. The awards are given to schools whose students are performing at a high level, particularly those schools with large percentages of students coming from low-income households; and to schools that have succeeded in closing the achievement gap for students such as low-income students, students from minority groups and students with disabilities.

The winning schools have discretion in deciding how to spend their award money to benefit their students and school as a whole. As in years past, each school will appoint a committee — with administration, teacher, support staff and parent representation — to determine how the award will be used.

National Distinguished Title I Schools and Recognition Schools were Allen Frear Elementary School, Caesar Rodney School District; and South Dover Elementary School, Capital School District.

Recognition Schools were H. O. Brittingham Elementary School, Cape Henlopen School District; Brookside Elementary School, Christina School District; Forwood Elementary School, Brandywine School District; Georgetown Elementary School, Indian River School District; Georgetown Middle School, Indian River School District; William B. Keene Elementary School, Christina School District; Lake Forest Central Elementary, Lake Forest School District; Lake Forest South Elementary, Lake Forest School District; Maple Lane Elementary School, Brandywine School District; Mispillion Elementary School, Milford School District; North Smyrna Elementary School, Smyrna School District; Positive Outcomes Charter School, Camden; and Selbyville Middle School, Indian River School District

Schools of Continued Excellence were W. Reily Brown Elementary School, Caesar Rodney School District; Lake Forest East Elementary, Lake Forest School District; Lake Forest North Elementary, Lake Forest School District; and Jennie E. Smith Elementary School, Christina School District