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Release: #18-61
October 1, 2018
Contact: Jonathan Mendick
Phone: 916-319-0818

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Congratulates California Schools Recognized as 2018 National Blue Ribbon Schools

SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today congratulated 12 California public schools that have been chosen as 2018 National Blue Ribbon Schools. This coveted award honors public and private elementary, middle, and high schools where students achieve high learning standards.

“Congratulations to all the schools on this list that are helping students achieve their dreams and to the leaders dedicated to and invested in finding ways to close the achievement gap,” Torlakson said. “The teachers, parents, administrators, and community members at these schools are outstanding examples of innovative things happening in California education.”

The award affirms the hard work of educators, families, and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content. In its 36-year history, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has presented this award to more than 8,800 schools.

Schools are recognized based on all student scores, subgroup student scores, and graduation rates. They are among their state’s highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or national tests.

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 website External link opens in new window or tab..

California’s National Blue Ribbon Public Schools for 2018
County District School
Alameda Fremont Unified John Gomes Elementary School
Alameda Fremont Unified William Hopkins Junior High School
Orange Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified Golden Elementary School
Riverside Riverside Unified Riverside STEM Academy
San Diego Del Mar Union Elementary San Diego Jewish Academy Lower School
San Diego San Dieguito Union High Carmel Valley Middle School
San Luis Obispo San Luis Coastal Unified Teach Elementary School
San Mateo Redwood City Elementary North Star Academy
Santa Clara Cupertino Union Joaquin Miller Middle School
Santa Clara Cupertino Union Sam H. Lawson Middle School
Santa Clara Saratoga Union Elementary Argonaut Elementary School
Santa Clara Saratoga Union Elementary Redwood Middle School

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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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