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The U.S. Department of Education has recognized 13 Michigan schools — including four in Oakland County — as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2015.

In a news release, the department said the schools were chosen “based on their overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.”

“This honor recognizes your students’ accomplishments and the hard work and dedication that went into their success,” Education Secretary Arne Duncan said in a video message to the award-winning schools. Overall, 285 public schools and 50 private schools nationwide will be honored at a ceremony Nov. 9-10 in Washington.

The Oakland County schools awarded are Eastover Elementary School in Bloomfield Hills, Novi Woods Elementary School in Novi, Pattengill Elementary School in Berkley and Pine Knob Elementary School in Clarkston.

“Having Pattengill named a National Blue Ribbon School demonstrates our commitment to high expectations for all of our wonderful students,” Berkley Superintendent Dennis McDavid said in a statement. “I’m very proud of the work the Pattengill staff does on a daily basis to encourage and guide our students to reach their personal best.”

Also honored were three schools in Washtenaw County: Salem Elementary School in Salem Township and James B. Angell and Wines Elementary schools in Ann Arbor.

Others on the list are Brown Elementary School in Byron Center (Kent County), Wealthy Elementary School in Grand Rapids (Kent County), Bursley Elementary School in Jenison (Ottawa County), Forest Grove Elementary School in Hudsonville (Ottawa County), Chestnut Hill Elementary School in Midland (Midland County) and Gordon Elementary School in Marshall (Calhoun County).

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