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Release: #21-68
September 22, 2021
Contact: Communications
Phone: 916-319-0818

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Congratulates California Schools Recognized as 2021 National Blue Ribbon Schools

SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond today congratulated 26 California public schools that have been chosen as 2021 National Blue Ribbon Schools. This prestigious award honors public and private elementary, middle, and high schools that close achievement and opportunity gaps and where students achieve high learning standards.

“Congratulations to these schools for creating safe and supportive school climates that set the tone for student achievement during what might be one of the most difficult times in education—and in our lifetimes,” Thurmond said. “I commend all of these schools for meeting the academic, social, and emotional needs of all their students as well as finding creative ways to continue closing opportunity gaps during extraordinary circumstances.”

Schools are recognized based on a school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. They are among their state’s highest performing schools based on all student scores, subgroup student scores, and graduation rates.

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 39-year history, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed approximately 10,000 awards to more than 9,000 schools.

Public schools are nominated by top education officials in each state, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and the Bureau of Indian Education. Private schools are nominated by the Council for American Private Education. More information about the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program can be found on the U.S. Department of Education National Blue Ribbon Schools web page External link opens in new window or tab..
California’s National Blue Ribbon Public Schools for 2021




Contra Costa

Lafayette Elementary School District

Burton Valley Elementary School


Fresno Unified School District

University High School

Los Angeles

ABC Unified School District

Cerritos Elementary School

Los Angeles

La Cañada Unified School District

Palm Crest Elementary School

Los Angeles

La Cañada Unified School District

Paradise Canyon Elementary School

Los Angeles

Los Angeles Unified School District

Balboa Gifted/High Ability Magnet Elementary School

Los Angeles

Manhattan Beach Unified School District

Aurelia Pennekamp Elementary School

Los Angeles

San Marino Unified School District

Huntington Middle School


Ross Elementary School District

Ross Elementary School


Centralia Elementary School District

Los Coyotes Elementary School


Fountain Valley Elementary School District

Oka (Isojiro) Elementary School


Los Alamitos Unified School District

Los Alamitos Elementary School


Los Alamitos Unified School District

Richard Henry Lee Elementary School


Newport-Mesa Unified School District

Maude B. Davis Elementary School


Orange Unified School District

Anaheim Hills Elementary School


Saddleback Valley Unified School District

De Portola Elementary School


Temecula Valley Unified School District

Red Hawk Elementary School

San Bernardino

Chino Valley Unified School District

Hidden Trails Elementary School

San Bernardino

Upland Unified School District

Valencia Elementary School

San Diego

Del Mar Union Elementary School District

Carmel Del Mar Elementary School

San Diego

San Diego Unified School District

Elevate School

San Francisco

San Francisco Unified School District

Chinese Immersion School at DeAvila

Santa Barbara

Goleta Union Elementary School District

Mountain View Elementary School

Santa Clara

Gilroy Unified School District

Dr. TJ Owens Gilroy Early College Academy


Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District

Technology High School


Oak Park Unified School District

Oak Park High School

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

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