Walton County schools have done it again earning the state's highest honor.
With students preparing to head back to class Wednesday, they'll be able to say they attend school in one of highest performing districts in the state. Walton County schools have earned the accolade every year since its inception six years ago.
The award criteria is based on how well the school-system was able to meet class size reduction laws, pass a financial audit and achieve an acceptable score on overall school-district grades.
Superintendent Carlene Anderson believes maintaining the high-performing designation is a reflection of the school board's efforts to constantly improve.
"We're going to continue to do what we're doing and do it better. What we've been charged with to do-- since I've been here it's been do more with less and do it better than we did it before" Anderson said.
The Walton County School board earned a "B" grade last school year, and must make an "A" grade this year in order to be considered for the high performing status again.