“Orange County is producing a generation of scholars and setting a new standard for excellence by making a commitment to supporting the academic, behavioral, and social-emotional needs of all students,” Orange County Superintendent Dr. Al Mijares said in a statement.
“To represent a quarter of California’s Blue Ribbon award-winners is nothing short of astonishing, and we couldn’t be prouder of the educators, students, families and local stakeholders who made this possible.”
Among the seven local winners are Anaheim Hills Elementary School, Davis Magnet School, De Portola Elementary School, Los Alamitos Elementary School, Los Coyotes Elementary School, and Oka Elementary School.
“In the face of unprecedented circumstances, you found creative ways to engage, care for, protect and teach our children,” U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona said in a Sept 21 statement.
“Blue Ribbon Schools have so much to offer and can serve as a model for other schools and communities so that we can truly build back better.”
On the 39th anniversary of the National Blue Ribbon Schools Programs, elementary schools in Orange County were chosen from 325 throughout the country with 28 schools being in California.
Since the start of the award program, 10,000 awards have been distributed to over 9,000 schools that portray safe and welcoming communities that challenge students with engaging content.
About 420 schools are nominated for the National Blue Ribbon Awards by state education officials.