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 Del Sur Elementary Named National Blue Ribbon School

​U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan this week recognized Poway Unified School District’s Del Sur Elementary as a National Blue Ribbon School.

Nationwide, 337 schools are being recognized as 2014 National Blue Ribbon Schools based on their overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. These included 24 in California. Del Sur is the only one in San Diego County.

“These great schools are fulfilling the promise of American education—that all students, no matter their name or zip code, can flourish when schools provide safe, creative, and challenging learning environments,” Secretary Duncan said. “National Blue Ribbon Schools are models of consistent excellence and a resource for other schools and districts. We celebrate them for their tireless effort and boundless creativity in reaching and teaching every student.”

The federal Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private schools from elementary through high school where students either achieve very high learning standards or are making notable improvements in closing the achievement gap. The award affirms the hard work of students, educators, families and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging content.

Del Sur received recognition as an Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing School, which means it’s among their state's highest performing schools in closing achievement gaps between its subgroups and all students over the past five years.

The school was nominates by Sate Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson.

“I commend these amazing schools and their commitment to providing the kind of learning environment in which teachers can excel and students can achieve,” Torlakson said about the 24 in California. “They have brought out the very best in their students and themselves.”

Del Sur Principal Doug Johnson and his team of staff, students and families celebrated the announcement this afternoon during a surprise assembly. The school features an innovative, relationship-based curriculum.

Del Sur will be recognized along with the other National Blue Ribbon schools at a recognition Nov. 10 and 11 in Washington, D.C. where each one will receive a plaque and flag.

Details of the achievements of the 2014 National Blue Ribbon Schools can be found on the U.S. Department of Education's website.