A third school in San Juan Capistrano has been named a National Blue Ribbon award-winner.
Stoneybrooke Christian Schools joins and as being recognized with this national award. There are no public schools in town with a National Blue Ribbon. This is also Ladera Ranch's first Blue Ribbon winner.
"I am so proud of our faculty, students and staff whose hard work and partnership with parents and the broader community has made this award possible," said Superintendent Sherry Worel.
On Friday morning, in Washington DC, U.S., Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today recognized 269 schools as 2012 National Blue Ribbon Schools. This, from a pool of more than 130,000 schools nationwide.
To win a Blue Ribbon, a school either has to have its students score in the top 10 percent in the nation in reading and mathematics or have 40 percent of its students come from a disadvantaged background and show that their scores have been steadily improving and are now within the top 40 percent in the nation.
Stoneybrooke, which has elementary schools in San Juan Capistrano and Ladera Ranch and a junior high in Ladera, qualified as a high-achieving school.
The U.S. Department of Education has given the award annually since 1982.
Private schools make a smaller percentage of those schools honored.
“The private-school community is allowed to nominate 50 schools per year,” said Joe McTighe, executive director of the Council for American Private Education, the group that nominates the private schools. He spoke with Patch last year when .
This year, the Department of Education is honoring 219 public and 50 private schools (only two in California) at a recognition ceremony on Nov. 12-13 in Washington, D.C. In its 30-year history, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed this coveted award on only 7,000 of America’s schools, according to a press release.
The department did not announce any California public schools yet as they are pending state certification, according to the Blue Ribbon website.