State education officials named nine public middle and high schools yesterday "Maryland Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence."
The schools, which include four in the Baltimore area, receive $1,000 and Maryland Blue Ribbon flags to hang at their buildings.
"These schools stand as models for Maryland," said state schools Superintendent Nancy S. Grasmick.
Schools apply for the statewide honor. They are judged in such areas as student performance, instruction, parent and community involvement, and teacher training.
The four Blue Ribbon schools in the Baltimore area are Crofton Middle School in Anne Arundel County, Polytechnic Institute in the city, Catonsville Middle School in Baltimore County, and Mount Airy Middle School in Carroll County.
The other five Blue Ribbon schools are Milton Somers Middle School in Charles County, Windsor Knolls Middle School in Frederick County, Thomas S. Wootton High School in Montgomery County, Northern Middle School in Washington County, and Snow Hill High School in Worcester County.
The nine schools will be recognized by the state school board next month and at an awards dinner in the spring.
The winning applications will be entered into the National Blue Ribbon competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education.
Earlier this year, nine Maryland elementary schools - seven public and two private - were named national winners.