- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 29, 2015

MELROSE, N.M. (AP) - Three New Mexico schools will be honored at a November ceremony in the nation’s capital after being named National Blue Ribbon Schools.

The U.S. Department of Education announced the awards Tuesday to 335 schools. Those include Newcomb Elementary School in northwestern New Mexico, Mora High School and Melrose Elementary School.

The schools in Mora and Melrose were selected for closing achievement gaps.

Mora High School, which serves 138 students, has maintained an “A” school grade for the past two years.

Melrose Elementary School advanced from a “B” to an “A” in the past year.

Newcomb Elementary School serves a majority American Indian student population. The school was honored as high-performing, moving from a “C” grade to an “A” over one year.

The Washington, D.C., ceremony is scheduled Nov. 8-9.

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