Temperance Elementary School received a Virginia State Board of Education Distinguished Achievement Award, according to an announcement from Gov. Ralph Northam May 29.

The Amherst County school is among 175 schools and eight divisions across Virginia to receive the honor for achieving all state and federal benchmarks and making progress toward the goals of the governor and the Board of Education.

Temperance is among 270 schools and nine school divisions recognized for earning a 2019 Virginia Index of Performance (VIP) awards for advanced student learning and achievement. The VIP program was established by the state board in 2007 as a means of recognizing schools and their achievements.

“These schools and school divisions that have earned these awards are not only the highest-performing schools in our Commonwealth, but are among the best schools in the nation,” Northam said in a news release.

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