RICHMOND, Va. (CBSDC/AP) — Officials say 151 public schools and one school division in Virginia have earned the highest awards given under a state incentive program.

Gov. Bob McDonnell announced the winners of the 2013 Virginia Index of Performance awards on Wednesday.

Rocky Run Middle in Fairfax County was one of two schools in the state to earn the Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence, the highest VIP award.

Northern Virginia performed particularly well as 28 of the 51 Board of Education Excellence awards went to schools in the region.

The Virginia Board of Education created the incentive program in 2007. It recognizes schools and divisions that exceed minimum state and federal accountability standards and achieve excellence goals established by the governor and the board.

Superintendent of Public Instruction Patricia I. Wright says the program provides incentives for schools to expand academic opportunities for all students and to adopt best practices that result in engaging, safe and healthy learning environments.

Board of Education Excellence Winners from Northern Virginia

Arlington County

  • Arlington Science Focus School
  • Arlington Traditional
  • Ashlawn Elementary
  • McKinley Elementary
  • Nottingham Elementary
  • Taylor Elementary

Fairfax County

  • Archer Elementary
  • Canterbury Woods Elementary
  • Chesterbrook Elementary
  • Colvin Run Elementary
  • Cooper Middle
  • Floris Elementary
  • Great Falls Elementary
  • Greenbriar West Elementary
  • Haycock Elementary
  • Hunt Valley Elementary
  • Longfellow Middle
  • McNair Elementary
  • Oak Hill Elementary
  • Spring Hill Elementary
  • Thoreau Middle
  • West Springfield Elementary
  • Westbriar Elementary
  • Wolftrap Elementary

Loudoun County

  • Lincoln Elementary
  • Pinebrook Elementary

Prince William County

  • Mary G. Porter Traditional
  • Mountain View Elementary

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