Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal announced Tuesday that four Arizona schools were awarded the National Blue Ribbon Schools recognition for their academic excellence.

Sabino High School is the only public high school in the state receiving the National Blue Ribbon award from the U.S. Department of Education.

Officials recognize schools in two categories: scores from standardize tests and students' academic growth.

H.T. Sanchez, the superintendent for Tucson Unified School District, said Sabino received high remarks for its academic performance.

"The Department of Education has a very comprehensive process, so the signal that is given to parents is that this is a great school that provides all kinds of opportunities," he said.

Two representatives from Sabino plan to travel to Washington D.C. in November to receive the award, along with almost 300 public and private schools nationwide.

The three other schools recognized in Arizona include two in the Phoenix area and one in Nogales.