Two area schools named National Blue Ribbon winners

Two North County schools have been named as 2017 National Blue Ribbon Schools.

Pacific Rim Elementary School in the Carlsbad Unified School District and Santa Fe Christian Upper School in the Santa Fe Christian School District (Solana Beach) received the honors.

Both schools were also judged to be among the nation’s Exemplary High Performing Schools.

The U.S. Department of Education recognized 342 schools, 25 of them in California, as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2017.

Pacific Rim was one of 16 elementary schools honored; Santa Fe Christian was one of six high schools honored.

The recognition is based on a school's overall academic performance, or its progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.

The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program 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.

Now in its 35th year, the program has recognized more than 8,500 schools.

On Nov. 6-7, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and the Department of Education will recognize the 292 public and 50 private schools honored at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.

All schools are honored 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 subgroups and all students over the past five years.

Up to 420 schools may be nominated each year. The Department invites National Blue Ribbon School nominations from the top education official in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Department of Defense Education Activity and the Bureau of Indian Education. Private schools are nominated by The Council for American Private Education.

For a list of all 2017 National Blue Ribbon Schools, visit For more on the program, contact Director Aba S. Kumi at (202) 401-1767 or program manager Frances Hopkins at (202) 205-6268.

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