Dwight Elementary School has been chosen as a 2012 National Blue Ribbon School based on overall academic excellence.

"The entire staff is honored to be recognized," Brenda Anziano, principal at the school from 2004 to 20012 and currently principal at Riverfield Elementary School, said in a statement Monday. "This achievement could never have been attained without the support of the staff, the parents, the Fairfield school district administration and our students."

Anziano said Dwight is a "special place and we are humbled by the award."

The federal Education Department requests nominations for National Blue Ribbon schools from the top education official in each state and nominated schools are invited to submit an application for potential recognition. The application is completed jointly by parents and staff.

Dwight is one of four schools in Connecticut to receive the award for 2012 and one of 269 schools across the nation.

Dwight PTA President Sue Voltz said the group is pleased the school was designated. "We are so proud of the thoughtful collaboration and hard work of our teachers, staff, administration, students and parents who have earned this well-deserved honor," she said.

Superintendent of Schools David Title said Dwight's selection for the award is a reflection on the quality of education in Fairfield.

"While Dwight richly deserves this recognition, it is really a comment on the quality of education all children receive in Fairfield," Title said. "It is a reflection of this community's communications to its schools."

Dwight will be honored along with 218 other public schools and 50 private schools at a ceremony Nov. 12-13 in Washington, D.C.