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Release: #17-68
September 28, 2017
Contact: Jonathan Mendick
Phone: 916-319-0818

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Congratulates California Schools Recognized as 2017 National Blue Ribbon Schools

SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today congratulated 23 California public schools that have been chosen as 2017 National Blue Ribbon Schools. This coveted award honors public and private elementary, middle, and high schools where students achieve high learning standards or are making notable improvements in closing the achievement gap.

“Congratulations to all the schools on this list and to the educators, parents, students, and communities for helping students believe in themselves, set high goals, and realize their potential,” Torlakson said. “You are shining examples of the terrific things happening in California public education, and we must keep our momentum going because the California Way is to move forward and upward.”

The California winners are among 342 schools announced this morning by the U.S. Department of Education. In its 35-year history, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has presented this award to more 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.

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 2017





Albany City Unified

Albany Middle


Pleasanton Unified

Amador Valley High

El Dorado

Buckeye Union Elementary

William Brooks Elementary


Clay Joint Elementary

Clay Elementary


Jacoby Creek Elementary

Jacoby Creek Elementary

Los Angeles

East Whittier City Elementary

Leffingwell Elementary

Los Angeles

Hacienda La Puente Unified

Wedgeworth Elementary

Los Angeles

Long Beach Unified

California Academy of Mathematics and Science

Los Angeles

Los Angeles Unified

Alliance Dr. Olga Mohan High

Los Angeles

Los Angeles Unified

Harbor Teacher Preparation Academy

Los Angeles

Los Angeles Unified

KIPP Comienza Community Prep

Los Angeles

Los Angeles Unified

Vintage Math/Science/Technology Magnet

Los Angeles

Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District

Silver Spur Elementary


Los Alamitos Unified

Jack L. Weaver Elementary


Tahoe-Truckee Unified

Sierra Expeditionary Learning


Hemet Unified

Western Center Academy


Elk Grove Unified

Arlene Hein Elementary

San Diego

Carlsbad Unified

Pacific Rim Elementary

San Francisco

San Francisco Unified

Sunset Elementary

Santa Clara

Moreland School District

George C. Payne Elementary


Liberty Elementary

Liberty Elementary


Porterville Unified

Harmony Magnet Academy


Moorpark Unified

Peach Hill Academy

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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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