The U.S. Department of Education named two Bexar County schools Thursday as National Blue Ribbon Schools based on their overall academic performance.

Travis Early College High School, in the San Antonio Independent School District, and Crestview Elementary School in Judson ISD were among 342 schools nationwide to receive this year’s honor.

Travis allows students to enroll at San Antonio College across the street and graduate high school with an associate’s degree. It opened in 2008 and its graduates have gone on to top colleges around the country.

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SAISD Superintendent Pedro Martinez said he and district leaders were proud of Travis.

“This represents the high standards of school staff and students and their ability to achieve academic excellence,” he said.

Crestview, in Live Oak, placed in the top 15 percent statewide on standardized tests in English and math and earned all possible distinctions last year under the state’s accountability system. About 65 percent of its students are “economically disadvantaged” based on federal income thresholds.

“Since it opened in 1975, Crestview has built a reputation through the years as a school that produces excellence in academic and personal achievement among its students and staff,” said Steve Linscomb, spokesman for Judson ISD, in a prepared statement.

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More than 8,500 schools have been recognized in the Blue Ribbon program’s 35 years. This year’s winners will be honored in early November in Washington, D.C.

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