Saluda School earned the title of National Blue Ribbon School in 2012 for being recognized among the state's highest performing schools, as measured by state assessments.
Since North Carolina's legislature and State Board of Education's implementation of the ABCs (Accountability, mastery of Basic skills, local Control) of Public Education, our school has obtained the following awards and achievements based on North Carolina's End-of-Grade Tests: Top 25 School in Academic Growth 1996, School of Distinction 1997-2000, School of Excellence 2001-2003, Honor School of Excellence 2003-2005 and School of Distinction 2006-2008. For the 2008-2009, 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 school years, Saluda Elementary received the designation of Honor School of Excellence. As a School of Distinction, 80%-90% of all students perform at or above grade level. As a School of Excellence, at least 90% of all student perform at or above grade level. As an Honor School of Excellence, at least 90% of students perform at or above grade level and the school meets adequate yearly progress performance targets. Only 5-8% of North Carolina schools received this designation between 2008 and 2011.