Five local elementary schools are being honored as 2020 National Blue Ribbon Schools.
These schools are Adobe Bluffs Elementary, Monterey Ridge Elementary, and Park Village Elementary in Poway Unified School District; Silver Gate Elementary in San Diego Unified School District; and Solana Vista Elementary in Solana Beach Elementary School District.
The coveted blue-ribbon award honors public and private elementary, middle, and high schools that close achievement and opportunity gaps and where students achieve high learning standards.
There were 367 schools to receive the award across the country and 33 in California.
"Congratulations to these schools for creating and sustaining tremendous programs that allow students to reach their full potential, leading to a successful future,” State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond said. “This recognition is well-deserved, and these programs are a model of success that we can all look to in terms of ensuring that all students are thriving.”
In its 38-year history, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has presented this award to less than 10,000 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.
The 2020 National Blue Ribbon Schools Awards Ceremony will be held virtually Nov. 12 and 13. Each winner will receive a plaque and flag that can be flown 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 website.