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SPI Celebrates California’s 29 Blue Ribbon Schools

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California Department of Education
Press release

California Department of Education
Press release


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November 3, 2022

Thurmond met with school leaders to learn how they are closing the opportunity gap and to discuss strategies to improve student achievement across the state. California has the highest number of public school Blue Ribbon winners in the nation.

SACRAMENTO — State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond celebrated the 29 California Blue Ribbon schools honored this week in Washington, DC, at the National Ribbon Schools Program Awards Ceremony blue. California has the highest number of public school Blue Ribbon winners in the nation. Thurmond met with school leaders on Monday to find out how they are filling opportunity gaps and providing environments where students can achieve high learning standards. He also appointed them to help co-design strategies to accelerate learning and improve student outcomes statewide.

“Our state sent 29 schools this year to our nation’s capital to receive this prestigious honor, a testament to students, teachers, staff, administrators and their families,” Thurmond said. “As we continue to bounce back from the misdeeds of the COVID-19 pandemic, this award illustrates the important work we are doing to go beyond our mission to close the opportunity gap. It is impressive that 29 schools received this honor, a reaffirmation of the perseverance and resilience that our educators have shown on behalf of our students.

Additionally, as part of the national Blue Ribbon Schools program this week in Washington, D.C., California principal Miguel Marco of Wittmann (Helen) Elementary School in Cerritos will be honored as one of nine recipients of the Terrel H Award. Bell for Outstanding School Leadership. for 2022
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. Principals chosen as recipients of this award have transformed their schools, guiding their students and schools to excellence, often in difficult circumstances. These select few are nominated by their school communities during the final stage of the National Blue Ribbon Schools application process.

The coveted National Blue Ribbon Schools award recognizes the hard work of educators, families, and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master stimulating and engaging content. With its thirty-ninth cohort, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has awarded approximately 10,000 awards to more than 9,000 schools. The National School flag of blue ribbon adorning an entrance or flying overhead is a widely recognized symbol of exemplary teaching and learning.

Public schools are appointed by the senior education officials of each state, the Department of Educational Activity of the Ministry of Defence, and the Bureau of Indian Education. Private schools are named by the Council for American Private Education. More information about the National Blue Ribbon Schools program can be found on the United States Department of Education’s National Blue Ribbon Schools webpage.
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California National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2022
  • Arcadia: Foothills Middle School, Arcadia Unified School District
  • Belmont: Ralston Middle School, Belmont-Redwood Shores Elementary School District
  • Burlingame: Burlingame Middle School, Burlingame Elementary School District
  • Cerritos: Carmenita Middle School, ABC Unified School District
  • Cerritos: Wittmann Elementary School (Helen), ABC Unified School District
  • Clovis: Woods Elementary School (Harold L.), Clovis Unified School District
  • Diamond Bar: Diamond Bar High School, Walnut Valley Unified School District
  • Dublin: Eleanor Murray Fallon School, Dublin Unified School District
  • Dublin: Harold William Kolb School, Dublin Unified School District
  • Etiwanda: Grapeland Elementary School, Etiwanda Elementary School District
  • Etiwanda: John L. Golden Elementary School, Etiwanda Elementary School District
  • Fresno: Granite Ridge Middle School, Clovis Unified School District
  • Irvine: Woodbridge High School, Irvine Unified School District
  • La Mesa: Helix High School, Grossmont Union School District
  • Long Beach: Newcomb Academy, Long Beach Unified School District
  • Orinda: Orinda Middle School, Orinda Union Elementary School District
  • Pleasanton: Thomas S. Hart Middle School, Pleasanton Unified School District
  • Rolling Hills Estates: Palos Verdes Peninsula High School, Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District
  • San Bernardino: Richardson Middle School PREP HI, City of San Bernardino Unified School District
  • San Diego: Westview High School, Poway Unified School District
  • San Dimas: Arma J. Shull Elementary School, Bonita Unified School District
  • San Francisco: Lawton Alternative School, San Francisco Unified School District
  • San Ramon: Coyote Creek Elementary School, San Ramon Valley Unified School District
  • San Ramon: Gale Ranch High School, San Ramon Valley Unified School District
  • San Ramon: Iron Horse Middle School, San Ramon Valley Unified School District
  • San Ramon: Windemere Ranch High School, San Ramon Valley Unified School District
  • South Pasadena: South Pasadena High School, South Pasadena Unified School District
  • Valley Village: Colfax Charter Elementary School, Los Angeles Unified School District
  • Van Nuys: Kester Avenue Elementary School, Los Angeles Unified School District

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Tony Thurmond – State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5602, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100

Last revised: Thursday, November 3, 2022