Two LAUSD schools named ‘Blue Ribbon Schools’

Los Al Elementary and Lee Elementary among 325 honorees

Los Al Elementary teacher Julie Little speaks to her third-grade class.

U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona this week recognized 325 schools as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2021.

Two Los Alamitos Unified schools were among the honorees.

The recognition is based on a school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. Secretary Cardona will make the announcement during his Return to School Road Trip, where he will visit an awardee school, Walter R. Sundling Jr. High School, in Palatine, Illinois.

“This year’s cohort of honorees demonstrates what is possible when committed educators and school leaders create vibrant, welcoming, and affirming school cultures where rich teaching and learning can flourish,” said Secretary Cardona.

The local National Blue Ribbon Schools were:

• Los Alamitos—Los Alamitos Elementary School, Los Alamitos Unified School District.

• Los Alamitos—Richard Henry Lee Elementary School, Los Alamitos Unified School District.

A spokesperson for Los Alamitos Unified School District said they have also been notified and will be responding soon.

“I commend this school and all our Blue Ribbon honorees for working to keep students healthy and safe while meeting their academic, social, emotional, and mental health needs,” said Secretary Cardona.

In the face of unprecedented circumstances, you found creative ways to engage, care for, protect, and teach our children. 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,” said Secretary Cardona.

The coveted National Blue Ribbon Schools award affirms the hard work of educators, families and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content. Now in its 39th year, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed approximately 10,000 awards to more than 9,000 schools.

The Education Department recognizes all schools 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 nationally normed 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.

Up to 420 schools may be nominated each year.

The Department invites National Blue Ribbon Schools 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.

Two LAUSD schools named ‘Blue Ribbon Schools’