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Release: #16-68
September 28, 2016
Contact: Charlene Cheng
Phone: 916-319-0818

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Congratulates
California Schools Recognized as 2016
National Blue Ribbon Schools

SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today congratulated 29 California public schools that have been chosen as 2016 National Blue Ribbon Schools. This coveted 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.

“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,” Torlakson said. “We are making progress, but we must keep our momentum going because we have much work to do.”

The California winners are among 279 public (traditional, charter, choice, and magnet) schools and 50 private schools announced this morning by U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. In its 34-year history, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has presented this award to fewer than 8,500 schools.

All schools are recognized in one of two performance categories, based on all student scores, subgroup student scores, and graduation rates:

  • Exemplary High Performing Schools are among their state’s highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or national tests.

  • Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing Schools are among their state’s highest performing schools in closing achievement gaps between a school’s student groups and all students over the past five years.

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 (CAPE) nominates private schools.

National Blue Ribbon Schools will be honored at a national awards ceremony on November 7-8, 2016, 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 [] External link opens in new window or tab..

California's National Blue Ribbon Public Schools for 2016
County District School
Alameda Oakland USD Hillcrest Elementary
Alameda Oakland USD Thornhill Elementary
Contra Costa Mt. Diablo USD Strandwood Elementary
Fresno Fresno USD Edison Computech
Los Angeles Hawthorne Hawthorne Math And Science Academy
Los Angeles Los Angeles USD Kipp Los Angeles College Preparatory
Los Angeles Los Angeles USD Wonderland Avenue Elementary
Los Angeles Palos Verdes Peninsula Point Vicente Elementary
Los Angeles Santa Monica-Malibu Edison Elementary
Los Angeles West Covina USD San Jose Charter Academy
Marin San Rafael City Elementary Sun Valley Elementary
Orange Garden Grove A. J. Cook Elementary
Orange Los Alamitos Francis Hopkinson Elementary
Orange Tustin USD Tustin Memorial Elementary
Placer Rocklin USD Rocklin Academy
San Bernardino San Bernardino City Richardson Prep Hi
San Bernardino Victor Valley Union High University Preparatory
San Diego Chula Vista Elementary Arroyo Vista Charter
San Diego Poway USD Creekside Elementary
San Diego San Diego USD La Jolla Elementary
San Diego San Marcos USD Paloma Elementary
San Francisco San Francisco USD Lafayette Elementary
San Mateo Menlo Park City Laurel Elementary
Santa Barbara Los Olivos Elementary Los Olivos Elementary
Santa Clara Evergreen Elementary Evergreen Elementary
Sonoma Santa Rosa High Santa Rosa Accelerated Charter
Ventura Conejo Valley USD Environmental Academy of Research Technology and Earth Sciences
Ventura Conejo Valley USD Westlake High
Ventura Simi Valley USD Vista Elementary

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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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