The U.S. Department of Education has awarded six Orange County campuses 2023 National Blue Ribbons, considered the nation’s top honor for individual campuses based on academic achievement.
The recipients are A.G. Cook Elementary School, Susan B. Anthony Elementary School and Thomas Paine Elementary School in the Garden Grove Unified School District; Buena Terra Elementary School in the Centralia Elementary School District; Early College High School in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District; and Crean Lutheran High School, which is a private campus in Irvine.
The coveted National Blue Ribbon Schools award was given to 353 public and private elementary, middle and high schools this year, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond announced Tuesday.
“Congratulations to our outstanding Blue Ribbon Schools, where academic excellence and unwavering support for every one of our students is exceptional,” Thurmond said. “Your commitment to fostering an inclusive and exceptional learning environment exemplifies the true essence of education. Your dedication inspires us all, and we celebrate your remarkable achievement.”
The prestigious designation spotlights public and private schools for overall academic performance or their progress in closing achievement gaps. Only 33 earned the honor in California, meaning Orange County accounts for 18 percent of the state’s Blue Ribbons.
Now in its 40th year, the National Blue Ribbon Schools program has bestowed recognition on more than 9,700 schools since its inception.