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RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) - The Virginia Department of Education released its annual school accreditation list Wednesday.

In order to get state approval, Virginia schools must reach standards for achievement in English, math history and science, as well as graduation rates.

The state accredited 93 percent of Virginia schools this year. However, one of the two schools denied accreditation is in Central Virginia. Also, several other area schools were accredited with warning.

Ninety-six percent of Virginia elementary schools were able to hit their marks, as well as  88 percent of Virginia middle schools.

However, two schools were denied accreditation this year because of poor student achievement. Lafayette Wynona Middle School in Norfolk and Peabody Middle School in Petersburg made the list. Ad this is the seventh consecutive year Peabody has been denied.

CBS 6 News' Catie Beck contacted the Petersburg school district for a response about the school's failed status.

Superintendent Stanley Jones the school has made progress, but the subject of math has not only been a challenge for Peabody, but throughout the state. Jones also said Petersburg schools remain committed to helping every student reach fullest potential.

Here's how other area Central Virginia schools fared:

  • Chesterfield -- fully accredited
  • Henrico -- two schools accredited with warning
  • Richmond -- 14 schools put on warning.

Almost three times as many schools were given accreditation warnings this year than last.

Click here to check out the report card for your child's school.