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California Department of Education
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Release: #12-114
December 20, 2012
Contact: Communications
Phone: 916-319-0818

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Nominates
35 California Schools for 2013 National Blue Ribbon Honor

SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced today the nomination of 35 California public schools for the coveted National Blue Ribbon Schools Program award.

"I applaud the principals, teachers, staff, and families whose commitment to learning has led to success in the classroom," Torlakson said. "Schools nominated for this significant recognition are performing at very high levels or are making impressive strides in student progress under challenging circumstances."

Schools are eligible to be considered for the 2013 National Blue Ribbon Schools Program if they meet either one of two performance criteria:

Exemplary High-Performing Schools: Schools that achieve at least the 85th percentile statewide in the percent of students scoring proficient or advanced in English-language arts and mathematics on the state assessments. Schools nominated in this category may or may not have at least 40 percent of their students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Exemplary Improving Schools: Schools with at least 40 percent of their students from a disadvantaged background that are also among the top 10 percent of schools in the state showing the greatest improvement in the percent of students scoring proficient or advanced in ELA and mathematics on the state assessments over the last five years.

For additional information on Blue Ribbon Schools Program eligibility requirements, please go to the California Department of Education Web site at: Blue Ribbon Schools.

Based on student population, California may nominate up to 35 qualified schools each year. Blue Ribbon winners are usually announced in September.

The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program is part of a larger U.S. Department of Education effort to identify and disseminate knowledge about best school leadership and teaching practices. For more information on the federal program, please visit: Awards - Blue Ribbon Schools Program [] External link opens in new window or tab..

California's 2013 National Blue Ribbon School Nominees

County District School


Hayward Unified

Burbank Elementary


Castro Valley Unified

Jensen Ranch Elementary


Fremont Unified

Joshua Chadbourne Elementary

Contra Costa

Byron Union Elementary

Discovery Bay Elementary


Central Unified

James K. Polk Elementary


Clovis Unified

James S. Fugman Elementary


Beardsley Elementary

Beardsley Junior High


Wasco Union Elementary

John L. Prueitt Elementary

Los Angeles

El Monte City Elementary

Columbia Elementary

Los Angeles

Lawndale Elementary

Environmental Charter High

Los Angeles

Los Angeles Unified

Chapman Elementary

Los Angeles

Los Angeles Unified

Community Charter Middle

Los Angeles

Compton Unified

Anderson Elementary

Los Angeles

La Canada Unified

La Canada Elementary

Los Angeles

Manhattan Beach Unified

Opal Robinson Elementary

Los Angeles

ABC Unified

Frank C. Leal Elementary


Planada Elementary

Planada Elementary


Soledad Unified

Rose Ferrero Elementary


Orange Unified

Sycamore Elementary


Tustin Unified

A. G. Currie Middle


Anaheim Union High

Oxford Academy


Fountain Valley Elementary

Plavan (Urbain H.) Elementary


Fullerton Elementary

Robert C. Fisler Elementary


Irvine Unified

Stonegate Elementary


Corona-Norco Unified

John F. Kennedy High

San Bernardino

Etiwanda Elementary

Day Creek Intermediate

San Diego

San Diego Unified

Kearny International Business

San Diego

Del Mar Union Elementary

Ocean Air

San Diego

San Diego Unified

Torrey Pines Elementary

San Diego

San Diego Unified

Standley Middle

San Francisco

San Francisco Unified

Chin (John Yehall) Elementary

San Mateo

Millbrae Elementary

Taylor Middle

Santa Clara

Cupertino Unified

William Faria Elementary

Santa Clara

San Jose Unified

Simonds Elementary


Gravenstein Union

Hillcrest Middle

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Tom Torlakson — State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5602, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100

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