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 Four Local Schools Get Blue Ribbon Awards

Four local elementary schools are being honored as 2016 National Blue Ribbon Schools.

These schools are Arroyo Vista Charter in the Chula Vista Elementary School District, Creekside Elementary in the Poway Unified School District, La Jolla Elementary in the San Diego Unified School District, and Paloma Elementary in the San Marcos Unified School District.

The coveted blue-ribbon award honors public and private elementary, middle, and high schools where students achieve very high learning standards or are making notable improvements in closing the achievement gap.

There were 329 schools to receive the award across the country and 29 in California.

"This recognition for California is a testament to the hard work of our educators, administrators, and communities to prepare our students for both 21st century careers and college," State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson said. "We are making progress, but we must keep our momentum going because we have much work to do."

In its 34-year history, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has presented this award to fewer than 8,500 schools.

Public schools are nominated by top education officials in each state, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and the Bureau of Indian Education. The Council for American Private Education nominates private schools.

National Blue Ribbon Schools will be honored at a national awards ceremony Nov.  7 and 8 in Washington, D.C., where each winner will receive a plaque and flag. Blue Ribbon winners may fly this flag at their schools as a widely recognized symbol of exemplary teaching and learning.

More information about the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program can be found on the U.S. Department of Education Web site.