ROANOKE,Va. -

A Roanoke City school is being recognized nationally for its excellence in education.

The National Center for Urban School Transformation at San Diego State University will recognize Preston Park Elementary School. The school is one out of 16 in the nation being honored with the National Excellence in Urban Education Award. School leaders say they are excited about the recognition.

“It's really a great honor. We certainly don't do what we do for any recognition. We do it because we care about the lives of our students; we care about our community,” said school Principal Eric Fisher. “It's truly a great honor for us to be recognized.”

The school will be recognized in San Diego in May.