Secretary of Education Arne Duncan made the announcement live on Tuesday via the department's USTREAM channel.
Next, the department will honor the 236 public and 50 private schools with their awards at a November ceremony in Washington, DC.
"We are so pleased to have the outstanding achievements of our students recognized on a national level," Peters Middle School (PTMS) Principal Dr. Bob Freado said. "We share this honor with not only our students and current staff but with the entire district, community and the staff members who have contributed over the years to our tradition of excellence in PTMS."
The middle school was recognized among the highest performing public and private schools in the country as measured by their performance on state assessments. A total of 15 schools in Pennsylvania were awarded this honor.
PTMS is the second building in the district to earn this honor in recent years. In 2011, Pleasant Valley Elementary School also earned the prestigious distinction.