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 Two Local Schools Get Blue-Ribbon Recognition

Two San Diego County schools are getting national recognition this year for their high-performing students.

Deer Canyon Elementary School in the Poway Unified School District and Santa Fe Christian Middle School, a private school in Solana Beach, were both named 2015 National Blue Ribbon Schools.

They join 285 public and 50 private schools across the country who received the designation this morning, including 29 public and four private schools in California.

"This honor recognizes your students' accomplishments and the hard work and dedication that went into their success," U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said today as he announced the recipients.

The federal Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private schools from elementary through high school.

Public schools are nominated by each chief state school officer. The Council for American Private Education nominates private schools.

The California schools were recognized as Exemplary High Performing Schools and were required to be performing in the top 15 percent of schools statewide as measured by state assessments.

"California's newly selected Blue Ribbon Schools are among the best in the nation and reflect our state's commitment to preparing students for college and career," said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson. "We celebrate these models of excellence as they shine in the national spotlight."

National Blue Ribbon Schools will be honored at a national awards ceremony on Nov. 9 and 10 in Washington, D.C., where each winner will receive a plaque and flag. In its 33-year history, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has presented this award to more than 8,000 of America's schools.

Details of the 2015 National Blue Ribbon Schools can be found on the U.S. Department of Education Web site.