Two Maine schools have been named Blue Ribbon schools by the U.S. Department of Education, officials announced Tuesday.

The honor, for Coastal Ridge Elementary School in York and Minot Consolidated School, recognizes high achievement on learning standards or notable improvements in closing the achievement gap. The two schools are among 285 public and 50 private schools awarded Blue Ribbon status this year.

Coastal Ridge Elementary School serves second-, third- and fourth-grade students. Minot Consolidated School serves pre-kindergarten through sixth-grade students.