HYDEN, Ky (WYMT) - Students and staff at Leslie County High School are celebrating some good news.
On Friday, they learned they are a "distinguished" school in Kentucky.
That means their academic achievements have put them in the top 10 percent out of more than 200 state schools.
Administrators said this is a big deal because in 2009 they were considered low achieving.
Leslie County High School principal Kevin Gay said his staff and students have worked hard to achieve real progress in the last few years.
"In the last five years, we have, you know, dramatically increased student achievement, college and career readiness, our graduation rate and our academic performance," said Gay.
Larry Sparks is the superintendent for the Leslie County School District.
He added that this designation is something for every student to be proud of.
"To continue to be able to focus and to achieve on a really high level is a compliment to them and to their parents and to those families," said Sparks.
Both men said they hope to improve even more next year.